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Spate of wrong-way drunk driving accidents cause injuries

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a recent cluster of wrong-way accidents, caused predominately by drunk drivers on several Arizona thoroughfares, have resulted in serious injuries and even death. Even though Arizona state officials have attempted to stem such accidents by installing bigger signs to forewarn drivers that they are going the wrong way in many locations, the accidents still happen.

Recently, a 33-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly driving the wrong way for nearly five miles on Loop 202. The woman's wrong-way excursion ultimately resulted in a collision with another vehicle, causing the other driver to suffer serious injuries. Preliminary accident investigation reports indicate that the 33-year-old woman was likely drunk. Following the incident she was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and endangerment.

Several other wrong-way drunk driving incidents have put Arizona officials on alert. In another case, a drunk driver whose blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent drove nearly 30 miles in the wrong direction before crashing head-on with an off-duty police officer's vehicle. Both the drunk driver and off-duty police officer were killed in that incident.

In a few other incidents that occurred in May, three people were injured and three others killed when a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs collided with a van with a family of six. Another drunk driver whose blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.18 collided with another car, killing two. Finally, in June an alleged 47-year-old DUI driver driving in the wrong direction collided with a 30-year-old driver. Both individuals had to be hospitalized following the investigation.

The recent cluster of wrong-way drunk driving incidents on Arizona roads illustrate that accidents caused by drunk driving not only have a devastating outcome, but can also happen at any time to anyone.

Source: AZ Central, "Driver arrested in wrong-way crash on Loop 202 in Mesa," Corina Vanek, July 16, 2014

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