Drunk driving has taken yet another life, this time that of 46-year-old David B. Rogers. Rogers, of Puyallup, was killed after he drove his pickup truck into the back of a tanker truck late last night. It is also believed that speeding played a role in the collision. It has been reported that the tanker trailer was attached to a 2012 Peterbilt semi that was driving westbound on Highway 512. Rogers in his pickup, a Ford F150, was also driving west. The semi was driving at speeds less than 35 MPH, carrying gasoline, when Rogers crashed into it at full speed. He was killed on impact, and was found in the back seat of the pickup. Luckily no one else was injured and the tanker did not spill.
Too often we hear stories of the disasters that come from drunk driving. But it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take them to heart. It is important to never get behind the wheel after drinking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, adults drank too much and drove about 112 million times. That is 112 million times too many. It doesn’t take much to pick up the phone and call a friend to come pick you up, and a taxi is much cheaper than a ticket. Be safe, and don’t drink and drive!