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Drunk Driving: Preventing Tragic Accidents

The NY Post reported the deaths of four people killed in a Long Island crash on the Fourth of July. Witnesses to the accident said the driver who caused the fatal collision was speeding, driving erratically and recklessly. Five people called 911 and one of the callers reported the erratic driving prior to the crash.

The pickup truck driver was driving in the southbound lane of Yaphank Middle Island Road, veered into the northbound lane and collided into a Nissan Altima, killing the driver and two elderly people in their 70’s. The mother and 11-month old baby in the car survived and were hospitalized. The pickup truck driver also died in the crash. Police suspect he was driving while intoxicated and believed he was coming from a social gathering. However, investigation is still underway to determine whether alcohol was involved or not.

The roads were also slick from Monday night’s rain in Long Island, which was all the more reason not to speed and to take safety precautions.

As A Host, What Can You Do To Prevent Drunk Driving?

When you host a party or celebration, here are some steps you can take to prevent drunken driving accidents:

  • Ensure that each group of guests has a designated driver
  • Make provisions for guests to stay overnight
  • Provide non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks as an alternative to alcoholic beverages

Ways to Drive Defensively

Be able to recognize drunk drivers by the following signs:

  • Rapid and/or unpredictable acceleration and deceleration
  • Sudden stops
  • Inappropriate stops
  • Straddling the center of two lanes
  • Driving excessively slow at 10 mph or slower
  • Weaving or swerving
  • Other peculiar driving behavior

If you see any of the signs of drunk driving, call 911 and report the driver. As much as possible when on the road, avoid drivers show signs of drunk driving.