A drunk pedestrian involved in fatal car accident near Spokane was declared dead at the scene last Saturday night. Washington State Police reported the pedestrian was standing in the middle of the road before being struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the collision. The road was blocked for a brief period while the accident was cleared.
Likelihood of Drunk Pedestrian Involved in Fatal Car Accident
The likelihood of a drunk pedestrian involved in fatal car accident is high. In fact, over a third of pedestrians killed in the U.S. in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving. This statistic was reported by government data. Thirty-five percent of those killed had blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher. In comparison, 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2011 involved a drunk driver.
Ways to Stay Safe When Intoxicated
The drunk pedestrian involved in fatal car accident near Spokane probably intended to be safe. Here are some things to do when intoxicated to keep you and others safe.
- Have a non-drinking friend with you. Sometimes you may lose count of how many drinks you’ve had. Having a friend there to support you and help you keep track could keep you alive. They could also serve as the person to drive you home later.
- Save a taxi number to your phone. Never drink and drive. Even buzzed driving is extremely dangerous. Walking could be fatal as well. You may need backup transportation in case your first ride falls through.
- Stay in the bar until your ride arrives. Alcohol impairs your motor skills. You don’t want to find yourself falling into traffic while waiting for your ride. It is best to wait inside until they arrive.
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