The California Highway Patrol says that the driver of a car involved in a fatal roll-over had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. According to the highway patrol, early last Friday the 21-year-old driver lost control of his 2004 Saturn rolling the vehicle over. Two other 21-year-old California residents were killed in the accident.
According to the Sacramento Bee the driver pleaded not guilty yesterday to several charges related to the accident including drunk driving, driving without a license and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
It is of course a tragedy anytime there is a loss of life in an accident on California's highways. But it seems particularly senseless when a loved one is lost because someone else decided to get behind the wheel after they had been drinking.
California has strict laws against drunk driving. As you may know the legal limit for blood alcohol in California is 0.08 percent. The driver in this case is accuses of having blood alcohol content of between 0.245 and 0.232 percent. Studies have shown that impairment can begin to affect a person's ability to drive even when they have not yet consumed enough alcohol to reach the legal limit.
We all know that driving in any state of impairment puts a driver and everyone else on the road at an increased risk of serious injury and death. But the consequences of a bad choice by a driver who is alleged to be several times over the limit are abundantly and tragically clear.
Source: Sacramento Bee "CHP says driver in fatal crash was very drunk"