This crash had all the potential to be very serious after a 31-year-old drove the wrong way into downtown Jacksonville with police following him. The man was in a 2005 Buick LeSabre heading west in the eastbound lanes of the Arlington Expressway and the Mathews Bridge when he hit a 27-year-old female driver, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union, who was not injured. The man kept driving after the crash and was finally stopped by officers at Addison Road following the use of stop sticks, which punctured the tire of the fleeing vehicle. Inside the vehicle, law enforcement found a small amount of marijuana and an open bottle of Crown Royal whiskey. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, as well as leaving an accident scene and being in possession of an open alcohol bottle and marijuana.
Fortunately, no one was killed by this reckless driver and police used sound judgment to stop the offender before he could travel any further and put the public in danger.
The citizen group Voices Insisting on Pursuit Safety was formed after many innocent civilians were killed over the years by police pursuits. The group estimates four or five bystanders are killed every week in the U.S. as the result of police chases. Ultimately, it is up to individual police departments to establish their own pursuit policy.
Our condolences go out to this friends and family of both of these men for their losses.
These are very sad tragedies to experience during the holidays. Let’s pray that the survivors recover from their injuries.
Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Even though we don’t know the cause of these accidents, December is part of a special month to cut down on dangerous driving. Thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign which lasts through January 2, 2012. During last year’s holiday season, approximately 35 percent of the traffic deaths in our state were alcohol-related.
This is a very good time to have a designated driver, use mass transit, or call a taxi. And if you see someone intoxicated and driving, driving aggressively, or your car breaks down, call *FHP (*347) to alert the Florida Highway Patrol.
The pedestrian accident attorneys in Jacksonville with the law firm of Farah & Farah would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!