When it comes to driving, according to cdc.gov, everyday twenty-eight people die from motor vehicle accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. How can this be? Not only does driving under the influence cause accidents and deaths, but texting and driving, and other distractions while driving can endanger other drivers and passengers on the road.
An example of when it comes to knowing motor vehicle safety, about two weeks ago, Manuel Orrego-Savala (37), an immigrant illegally living in the United States, had got into a drunken-driving crash that had killed the Indianapolis Colts linebacker, Edwin Jackson and uber driver Jeffery Monroe.
Officials say that Orrego-Savala was driving his pick-up truck when he struck Edwin Jackson and uber driver over on the emergency shoulder of westbound lanes of I-70. He attempted to flee the accident but got caught by police moments later.
At driving with a .19 percent blood-alcohol level, double the legal limit in Indiana, he is now facing four felonies, with two counts of failure to stay at the scene and two counts of killing two individuals while driving.
“Accidents involving alcohol, possible phone use, being tired or other issues are always thought changing. In the days before working as a Deputy I had seen video and photos of these types of accidents. Seeing how innocent people are impacted or even the loss of a life because of this right in front of me, really gets to your core,” said deputy Ken Conley.
Researchers say that Orrego was presumed to have entered the Untied States around 2004 and has been deported two times since. He has been convicted of an DUI in California in 2005 and has been arrested twice by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in California. He has been removed to Guatemala before entering the country again and living in Indiana.
Also, in Boone County, he was convicted for driving without a license and was held for two days in jail. Knowing your limits and expectations while driving can help you become a better driver and can potentially save other drivers on the road.
Anything that takes your attention away from driving is classified as distraction; whether that be a cell phone, music, navigation, eating, having other passengers in your car, or being impaired. Students and young adults are more at risk when it comes to distracted driving but how can we prevent accidents like above from happening?
Be informed. Know what the leading causes of teen crashes are:
- Driving Inexperience
- Driving with teen passengers
- Nighttime driving
- Not using seatbelts
- Distracted Driving (texting for example)
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Impaired driving
“As a driver, stay alert and drive defensively. “Scan the horizon” as a former Deputy once told us in a training class. See what’s is ahead of you, not just what is right there in front of you. If you are tired, try to nap before you drive or find alternate way to travel. Put you phone away, there is nothing so important that you can’t read or answer later. If you feel it is that important, pullover and stop to read it,” said Conley.
Knowing the risk associated with these leading causes of teen crashes can improve chances of safe driving practices and can help make safe driving decisions while behind the wheel.
Being conscious of the consequences of getting behind the wheel will not only better you’re driving intellect but will reduce the risk of getting into accidents in the future.
“My statement is this. If you, a friend or friends have been drinking or just had a single drink, find a ride home or wherever you need to go. Your actions not only impact you, but your family, friends and people you may not even know. This statement true for texting or even being a sleeping driver,” said Conley.
One out of four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving or distracted driving. Most of these accidents are caused by newly licensed drivers and young adults.
“Before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle remember one thing. A vehicle can be as dangerous as any weapon. You must be able to operate your vehicle as it was intended,” said Conley.