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Kennewick, Washington – Two-Car Collision, One Driver Suspected of DUI

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Posted on April 22, 2019

Kennewick, Washington (April 20, 2019) – A two-car collision near North Irving Place and West Clearwater Avenue led to the arrest of one of the drivers on Saturday. There were two children in one of the vehicles, but fortunately no one was injured in all parties involved.

After the collision, the driver of one vehicle, Dalia Rodriguez, left the scene, making the accident into a hit and run. The other driver involved followed Dalia and informed the police, who later made contact with Dalia. According to police, Dalia showed signs of impairment, and she was booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and hit and run.

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.