Battle Ground, Washington – Deputy Taken to the Hospital after Collision with Suspected DUI DriverRequest Free Consultation
Battle Ground, Washington (December 8, 2019) – A deputy was taken to the hospital after his vehicle was struck head-on by a DUI suspect at the northbound Interstate 5 exit to Battle Ground on early Sunday morning. The deputy has since been released and does not appear to have any major injuries from the crash. The DUI suspect was reported to be unhurt in the crash.
The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. According to the initial reports the deputy was taking the exit from the Interstate 5 when he spotted a southbound driver about to go onto the freeway in the wrong direction. The deputy turned on his emergency lights and positioned his vehicle in the middle of the ramp, but the DUI suspect ended up colliding with the deputy head-on. The crash is under investigation.
About Vehicle Accidents
According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.
We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.