We are constantly warned in magazine ads, in PSAs on the TV, and elsewhere not to drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol has been compared to sleepwalking with a loaded gun, and for good reason. So many accidents on the roads, many of which are fatal, could be avoided if only all drivers would only take to the streets when sober.
Take the example of this suspected drunk driver that hit both a CHP officer and a civilian, as reported by Fox 40.
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A California Highway Patrol officer stopped to assist a driver on Interstate 5 last Thursday morning. It was early—around 7:10 in the morning—and they were pulled along the side of the northbound side of the Interstate. Suddenly, the driver of an Audi lost control, hitting the CHP officer, who was out of his vehicle, and the woman, who was inside her Chevy. The Audi then proceeded to hit a third car, but the driver of that vehicle was uninjured. The CHP officer and the woman were both taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the Audi was arrested for violation of a DUI, according to California Highway Patrol.
The personal injury and property damage, not to mention the emotional trauma everyone involved will no doubt have to deal with, could have been avoided if only the driver of the Audi had decided not to drink and drive.