A 33-year-old New Britain woman is facing four years in prison after pleading guilty to drunk driving. She also received five years of probation for the automobile accident that killed a 32-year-old paramedic. The woman pleaded guilty to second degree assault with a motor vehicle and second degree manslaughter.
A 40-year-old South Windsor man is facing multiple charges after losing control of a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro that he was driving after crashing it into a tree. The charges against the man include making an improper turn, second degree assault with a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A bill that went before a public hearing during the last week of February could change Connecticut's open container law if it is passed. The law, which currently allows passengers in a moving vehicle to have an open container of alcohol, puts the state in a minority with 10 other states that still allow what is known as "drunk riding."
A 30-year-old school bus driver from Willimantic, Connecticut, is behind bars and facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly driving under the influence while in the process of transporting a group of special needs students and a teacher's aide in Norwich, Connecticut. Charges against the man include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, risk of injury to a minor and driving under the influence.
While many factors play into when a drunk driving accident will happen, it is possible to look at the overall statistics and average them out to see how often these crashes take place. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled this data. What they found is that, across the United States, there is a fatal DUI crash every 51 minutes. On average, this means that about 30 people are killed each day in these accidents.
Connecticut roads can get very busy during the holiday season. For that reason, drivers should take particular care to be aware of roadside conditions and other vehicles. They also need to be very aware, as they should be at other times of year as, of their own condition and suitability to drive. That includes not driving if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
You know that drunk driving is an issue in Connecticut and all across the United States, but do you know all of the raw statistics? If you have not discussed these before, it can be quite jarring to look at some of the numbers, as they have been reported over the years.
When parents put their kids on a bus, they hope that the other kids will be nice to them. They also hope that the driver will be a safe, responsible driver who will get the kids to their school at the beginning of the day and back home when school is done without incident. One of parents' worst fears is to have a school bus driver who will put their children in jeopardy. Unfortunately, that happened in a recent drunk driving incident.
Typically, people view law enforcement officers in their community as being there to serve and protect. It is presumed that those officers will be on the right side of the law, helping to keep others from danger -- not creating it. That makes a recent incident of a police officer allegedly driving under the influence and causing a car accident all the more shocking.
A recent fatal car crash in New Haven, Connecticut, was originally believed to only involve one car. That car had hit a barrier at Long Wharf Drive between the I-95 Northbound on-ramp and Canal Dock. New Haven police discovered, however, that a second vehicle was involved. The driver of the second vehicle is believed to be responsible for the crash and resultant fatality. He was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time, making it a drunk driving accident.