Story Highlights:Two injured in Lakewood accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI
Intersection closed for over four hours
Date: August 20, 2011, 08/20/2011
Location: Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two injured
Two people were injured in a high-speed collision near Lakewood early Saturday.
Around 1:30 a.m. a driver was heading through the State Route 512 and South Tacoma Way when he crashed into a Washington State Patrol car, spinning it 180 degrees before coming to a halt in the middle of the intersection.
Both drivers were not seriously injured but were taken to a local area hospital as a precaution.
Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The intersection was closed for over four hours for investigation.
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.