As a Bellevue car crash lawyer, I encounter many individuals who have suffered at the hands of a young drunk driver. Although below the legal drinking age, 23% of teenage drivers involved in car accidents are driving under the influence of alcohol. In spite of the stiff consequences of a DUI, teenagers continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. In Eatonville last week, three were sent to the hospital when an 18-year-old caused a collision while driving drunk.

A teenaged Orting man was driving Northbound on State Route 161, Eatonville Cutoff Road at 9:00 Saturday night when his Mustang drifted over the center lane and caused a head-on collision with a Southbound headed Tercel, driven by a 76-year-old Eatonville man.

The Mustang was totaled in the incident and the Tercel sustained $4,000 worth of damage. Both men were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment along with the 18-year-old female passenger of the Mustang.

State Patrol has reason to suspect the driver of the Mustang was intoxicated. While drunk driving laws are in place, between 50 and 75% of those with suspended licenses due to drunk driving continue to operate a vehicle. Do your part to not become one of these statistics: don’t drink and drive. Also, be aware of other drivers on the road to avoid becoming one of the 3 out of 10 drivers involved in a drunk driving car accident. Avoid night driving on weekends and, if possible, pay close attention to the other drivers on the road; if someone behaves drunkly, stay a safe distance away from them and report them to police as soon as possible.

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