A California man was killed in Moore, Oklahoma, just after midnight on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. According to KOCO News, the 37-year-old man was speeding the wrong way down I-35 when he hit two cars, one in the middle lane. Three occupants of the two cars are in the hospital, all of them Oklahoma residents. One of the injured drivers was pinned in their car for almost 40 minutes while they waited for first responders. State troopers reported smelling alcohol on the man who was driving the wrong way.

This tragic occurrence is sadly the product of a very common issue. Though it is not known for sure, the evidence suggests that the California driver was intoxicated. Driving Under the Influence of alcohol accounted for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in 2016 according to the CDC. Though this number has been decreasing for quite a while, it’s still a major problem to drivers all over the country.

Drivingtests.org has 7 tips to defend yourself from inebriated drivers:

  1. Buckle your seatbelt – this will do a lot to protect you in the event of a crash, so make sure you and all of your passengers always wear it.
  2. Maintain a generous following distance – Stay far enough away from the driver in front of you that you can quickly avoid them if you notice any erratic driving. Slow down and let them get far away from you if you do notice this, and notify the police.
  3. Use extra caution at intersections – Intersections are the most dangerous parts of the road due to drunk drivers not seeing signs or disobeying traffic laws. Always look both ways and yield to oncoming traffic to minimize the risk of being hit.
  4. Avoid driving late at night – It’s pretty intuitive that most drunk drivers are active late at night, especially on weekends. If you don’t have to drive, don’t drive.
  5. Avoid driving during holidays – in the same vein as the previous tip, a much higher concentration of drivers will be intoxicated during holidays such as New Year’s.
  6. Be a designated driver – stay sober and drive drunk friends home to minimize the amount of intoxicated drivers on the road. Designated drivers save lives.
  7. Participate in police checkpoints – law enforcement sometimes sets up checkpoints during heavily traveled roads late at night to catch drunk drivers. Always be respectful and cooperative with these officers, as they have your best interests at heart. Do not tell anyone where these checkpoints are located, including friends and family, as spreading such information could make intoxicated drivers avoid them and undermine the effectiveness of such measures.

Unfortunately, even following steps such as these cannot always guarantee your safety from drunk drivers. There’s not much you can do when the intoxicated person is speeding the wrong way down the highway. We at the offices of Jones Brown Law hear stories every day of people injured on the road under circumstances beyond their control. If this is the case for you, contact us at 855-525-2999 (855-JBLAW-99).

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