Date: Sept 5, 2011, 09/05/2011
Location: Yakima, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Four injured
Four people were injured in a collision near Yakima on Monday night.
Around 6:45 p.m. four people were in a car heading down Thompson Road, when their vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and crashed.
The driver and their three passengers were all taken to Yakima Valley Memorial. One is in critical condition while the others were treated and released.
Speed and intoxicants are believed to be factors in the crash. Washington State Patrol is investigating.
Drunk Driving Accident StatisticsIn Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes. In Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays.
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.
In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.
Driving under the influenceA person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug;
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.