Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alcohol and Over speeding – A Lethal Mix

Car Accident is one of the leading cause of death nowadays. Statistics show that at least four people involved in a car accident die every hour. In Los Angeles alone, there is an approximate of a thousand fatalities in its roadways.

News posted on June 13, 2008 entitled “Speeding, alcohol suspected in Crash” relates a Solana Beach big – wave surfer who was hospitalized after a car accident that also killed his passengers.

As reported by the Sheriffs who handled the case, the surfer was driving a Dillahunty’s Toyota Avalon in excess of 65 mph in a 25 mph zone when he lost control of the car in a residential area.

Authorities later found out that alcohol was a factor in the crash because the driver was reeking of alcohol when they pulled him out. Once completed, the blood test results will confirm what the police had long surmised as the cause of the accident.

With the considerable number of cases that I read, alcohol and over speeding are some of the common causes of car accidents. People in the entertainment business, who live glitzy lifestyles are often involved in similar incidents in the past with popular names such as Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie – to name a few.

There are specific provisions under California laws, which penalize driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and most of these provide higher penalties than other violations.

Then why is it that DUI-related accidents continue? Is there a problem with the law?

I think none. Perhaps, the problem lies in the implementation of the law. As I observed in some states, they relax the application of the law for a select few but for certain considerations. Otherwise, the problem lies in the observance and obedience to these laws.

Car accidents not only endanger the life of the person on the wheels but especially pedestrians who are often at risk and could end up as unwilling victims.

Therefore, there is a need for authorities to implement the law seriously for everybody’s safety.