Drunk driving is a terrifying epidemic that can victimize anyone at anytime. One of the troubling aspects of drunk driving is that intoxicated drivers come from all backgrounds. Gender, economic class and age are not indicators of who may decide to drive drunk. There is one noticeable characteristic of drunk driving: Many of the crashes involve repeat offenders.
Approximately one-third of all drunk drivers are repeat offenders, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). If New York officials can help drunk driver arrestees reform and rehabilitate, deaths could be reduced by about 33 percent, or 114 fatalities per year. However, a recent drunk driving crash in Manhattan shows how drunk drivers come from all walks of life and don’t necessarily have a history of alcohol offenses.
On Wednesday night, an alleged drunk driver collided with an SUV and taxi cab before jumping a Midtown curb; her vehicle then hit seven pedestrians before crashing through the glass windows of a retail store. The accused drunk driver is a 34-year-old graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Her law license is currently suspended for comingling client money with personal funds.
Amazingly, nobody died. The victims include two tourists from Australia and one from France.
The crash reminds us that drunk driving is a real threat, especially during the holidays. Be aware that intoxicated motorists are out there and take every precaution you can to protect yourself.
Source: NY Daily News, “Drunken driver in Herald Square crash was Brooklyn ex-attorney who had law license suspended over misplaced funds: cops,” Kerry Burke, Dec. 11, 2014