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Grant County, Washington – One Person Injured in DUI Rollover Crash

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Posted on January 30, 2020

Grant County, Washington  (January 26, 2020) – One man was taken to the hospital following a single car rollover crash on westbound State Route 28 between Ephrata and Soap Lake on Sunday evening. According to the article from 560KPQ News Radio, 19 year-old Cole Mack from Ephrata was ejected from hsi in the rollover crash. He was taken to Columbia Basin Hospital, but was later transported to Central Washington Hospital. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

Washington State Patrol troopers were notified of the crash around 5:40 p.m.  Upon arrival troopers found Mack’s vehicle rolled over some way from the roadway, The vehicle was also reported to match the description of a vehicle being driven erratically that had been reported to police earlier that day. Mack has been cited with DUI and driving with a suspended license in the incident.

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.