We all are aware of the 22 year old pitcher for the California Angels who was killed last week by a driver that was intoxicated over three times the legal limit. Sadly, injuries and death caused by drunk or impaired drivers is an all too common occurrence. Inexplicably, people continue to drive despite being intoxicated or impaired. One would be hard pressed to find a more careless and irresponsible action than being in such a condition and (attempting) to operate a vehicle.
I have handled a great deal of injury cases caused by drunk or impaired drivers. While a lot occur later in the night, a great deal of these wrecks occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Frankly, if you are getting high or hammered in the middle of the day, you have bigger issues than being a self absorbed irresponsible driver…but I digress.) The point is there are individuals driving impaired at all hours of the day, every day of the week. We all drive as defensive as we can but when a drunk, impaired, high, etc., driver blows through a red light at 60 m.p.h. and is coming straight at your door, there is not a whole lot you can do.
The solution to this problem falls at the feet of each person. We toughen laws, and people still drive while impaired. The only real solution is to hope that those who operate their vehicles while they are impaired stop doing so before they kill themselves or others.