A man in West Virginia was arrested after fleeing from the scene of an accident. Toxicology results indicate that the man had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the car accident. Police have also discovered that the man may never have had a valid driver's license.
Most everyone in West Virginia knows that drunk driving is dangerous. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking, they dramatically increase the possibility that they will be involved in a car accident. Even if a drunk driver has an accident that seemingly only involves them and their car, negligent actions can also cause subsequent accidents as well.
Drivers in West Virginia may not have known that December was "Impaired Driving Prevention Month." Around the country, the number of fatal car accidents that involve drunk drivers seems to be declining. In our state, the number of accidents attributed to drunk drivers has declined significantly. Many believe that this reduction is at least partially due to the police taking a pro-active role in apprehending impaired drivers.
Police agencies in the northern panhandle of West Virginia are once again conducting their "holiday blitz" in an effort to deter drinking and driving. The operation is conducted in an effort to catch drunk drivers before they cause a serious car wreck, injuring themselves or other people. In addition to sobriety check points, there will be extra officers on the road paid for by a grant. Free cab rides are offered for anyone living within a 10 mile radius of the place they have been drinking.
Sometimes the West Virginia roadways can be confusing. Identifying an exit ramp versus an on ramp can sometimes present a challenge to a driver who may not be familiar with the area. However, most of the time, when a driver realizes they are going the wrong way, they immediately correct themselves in order to avoid a car accident.