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Hoodsport, Washington – Driver, Child Injured in Rollover Crash Caused by DUI

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Posted on December 13, 2019

Hoodsport, Washington (December 122019) – A car being driven by a woman with two children inside crashed on the US 101 halfway between Hoodsport and Potlatch. The driver was taken to a hospital in Shelton for tretament of undisclosed injuries. No further word has been given regarding her condition. A seven year-old girl was  also injured and was treated on the scene, while the other child was unhurt in the accident.

According to the report, the vehicle was going south around 11 p.m when the car fish-tailed and exited the roadway to the right. After this the car rolled over and ended up in a ditch. According to the report from the Washington State Patrol troopers will cite the driver for DUI and driving too fast for conditions.

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.