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Puyallup, Washington – DUI Collision at East Meeker & South Meridian

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Posted on July 23, 2019

Puyallup, Washington (July 2019) – A person found driving impaired was the cause of a crash involving two parked vehicles on East Meeker and South Meridian. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident.

The suspect has been driving the wrong way on South Meridian when he crashed into two other parked vehicles. Two officers patrolling in the area heard the collision and investigated, finding the driver in the process. In addition to driving impaired, the man was also found to be driving without a license. The driver was booked after the incident. The date of this incident has not been specified, but it appears alongside other incidents in Puyallup Police Blotter in the date range of July 12-18.

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.