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Hoquiam, Washington – Rollover Crash at Simpson Ave Bridge, Driver Arrested for DUI

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Posted on May 6, 2019

Hoquiam, Washington (May 4, 2019) – A car rolled over after hitting the barrier on at the base of Simpson Avenue Bridge around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. The driver managed to extricate himself, and attempted to flee the scene on foot. He showed signs of intoxication and was apprehended by police for driving under the influence.

The car struck the bridge barrier at the 100 block of Simpson Avenue and rolled over to its side. When the police arrived, the driver fled the scene. He was found to have a blood alcohol content in excess of 0.26, which is three times over the limit.

About Car Accidents

It is fortunate that the driver did not suffer major injuries nor were other vehicles involved. There are however grim statistics involved when it comes to driving under the influence. 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.

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