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.
A New York man died after a mysterious upstate boat accident in Bolton Landing. Investigators were hopeful that an autopsy would shed light on what caused the 21-foot Steiger watercraft to crash into rocks and trees along the Lake George shoreline, but many questions still remain unanswered.
A woman was visiting a corner store to pick up some items for her 2-year-old twins when a drunk driver barreled into her Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. The pedestrian collision knocked her unconscious; she died before responders could get her to the hospital. The fatal crash occurred on East Tremont Avenue.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sparked a national discussion after recommending that states lower their legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit for motorists. In New York, the limit is 0.08 percent; if the NTSB successfully lobbies lawmakers that limit could lower significantly, to 0.05.
Last October, a series of auto accidents on the Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.) caused the death of a respected Nassau County police officer. The driver responsible for the tragic pileup is now facing increased criminal charges, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.
Sadly, the recent rash of New York pedestrian fatalities continues. At 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, an automobile collided with a pedestrian in Lake Ronkonkoma. The victim died at the scene.