We’ve learned through story after story that drunk driving can hurt or kill not only the drunk driver, but those who they drag into their unfortunate circumstances as well. This could not be truer in the case of a suspected drunk driver who hit a police officer over the weekend. The incident happened in Shoreline, by the 175th Street off-ramp. The driver was coming off of 1-5 at high speeds, causing her to crash into the police officer’s cruiser. The drunk driver and the police officer were immediately taken to Harborview Medical Center following the crash. The condition of the suspect has not been released, but the officer suffered from a broken knee and a possible concussion.
Every day, 30 people die as a result of drunk driving. It is very lucky that no lives were lost in this particular accident. 30 people a day averages out to one death every 48 minutes. In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired driving. That total accounted for 31% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Every year, there are about 1.4 million drivers who are arrested for drunk driving. 82% of fatal crashes on the road are caused by drunk drivers. These statistics are startling, but they are reality. Bottom line: do not drink and drive, do not become a statistic or make somebody else one.