Two people are dead after a drunk driver ran a red light and struck their vehicle. The crash occurred on Monday, September 5, in Taylor, Texas.
The Intersection Crash
On Monday, September 5, police were called to the scene of a crash in the 600 block of Carlos Parker Boulevard Southwest, at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 973.
According to a preliminary investigation, the 40-year-old driver of a 2005 Dodge pickup truck was traveling north in the 100 block of FM 973 when he ran a red light, drove through the intersection, and struck a 2013 Toyota Avalon.
The 39-year-old driver of the Avalon, along with the 38-year-old passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Four vehicles in total were involved in the crash. It is unclear whether any other injuries were reported.
The 40-year-old driver of the Dodge pickup was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
How Alcohol Can Affect Your Driving
According to reports by the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019, there were a total of 24,714 DUI-related crashes in Texas, meaning over 24,000 drivers were affected by alcohol in one year.
Many drivers believe, and sometimes even boast, that they can handle their alcohol well. Unfortunately, alcohol can significantly affect a person’s driving more than they realize.
- Alters judgment — Drinking alcohol can severely alter the areas in a person’s brain that control their judgment. This can be especially dangerous behind the wheel because it causes them to make reckless and risky decisions.
- Impairs vision — A person under the influence of alcohol often deals with blurry vision. This can make it difficult for a driver to focus on other vehicles and road signs and judge the distance and speed of those vehicles.
- Reduces reaction time — Because alcohol affects a person’s ability to process information, they may have a hard time reacting to changes in the road. They may also be more relaxed under the influence of alcohol, making it hard to concentrate behind the wheel.
- Alters ability to distinguish colors — Another effect of alcohol is difficulty distinguishing colors. This can affect how a driver sees traffic signs and lights and cause them to make a wrong decision on the road.
No matter the amount of alcohol consumed, it can still affect a person’s driving. When a person chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel, they make a selfish decision to put themself first instead of worrying about the safety of other drivers on the road.
A responsible driver should always make ride arrangements before drinking. Because alcohol impairs a person’s judgment, making plans ahead of time while sober is important. Many rideshare services are available to those who drink and cannot drive. These services protect the person drinking and other drivers on the road when used.