We know our readers are aware that drunk driving is dangerous and not advisable under any circumstances. Still, nearly every day in the U.S. a drunk driver causes serious personal injury to innocent victims, instead of making a responsible decision not to drink or to get a ride home.
In the worst cases, the victims die as a result of their injuries. That is what happened in San Jose recently. A car crash allegedly caused by drinking and driving killed two people.
According to KRON-TV, a 23-year-old man was driving north on a divided road with four passengers inside when he lost control of his SUV. It appears the SUV struck the center median before rolling over onto its roof.
Two of the passengers died at the scene. The other three, apparently including the driver, went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police suggest that the driver was intoxicated, though KRON does not mention a breath test or blood test. Officers did find alcohol inside the SUV. They arrested the man on two counts of vehicular manslaughter and DUI.
Some might wonder why a person would willingly get into a car being driven by an intoxicated person. However, it is not always clear that someone is impaired until it is too late.
Of course, many times the victims in a drunk driving crash are pedestrians, bicyclists, or people in other motor vehicles that are struck by the negligent driver. The resulting injuries can rob them of their quality of life and independence, all of which could have been prevented had the driver used sufficient sense not to drink and drive.