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Poulsbo, Washington – Two Workers Injured After Getting Struck by Suspected DUI Driver

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Posted on November 10, 2019

Poulsbo, Washington (November 7, 2019) – Two workers from the Washington State Department of Transportation were injure dafter getting struck by a car on State Route 104 at Wheeler Street on Thursday morning. The two workers were taken to Harrison Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. They are reported to be recovering from their injuries. The truck driver appears to be uninjured in the incident.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. when a pickup truck drifted onto the shoulder of the road, struck a parked truck, before hitting the two victims who were were in a work zone at the time. The driver of the pickup truck is being investigated on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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.