Police are attempting to determine what led a woman to drive the wrong way down Colorado 96. At this point, they believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but further investigation will be needed to confirm that assumption. While authorities continue to look into the cause of the auto accident, two people are recovering from their injuries, and a third has already been released from the hospital.
Drinking and driving receives a great deal of attention from law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups, here in Colorado and nationwide. One of their missions is to do what they can to keep people from getting behind the wheel of their vehicles after drinking. A car crash in which one of the drivers was apparently impaired might have been avoidable.
Investigators spent several hours gathering evidence and attempting to determine the cause of an accident on Colorado Highway 119 recently. By the time they were done and the scene was cleared, it had been more than four-and-a-half hours. At the time, police did not report whether they determined what caused the car crash.
Sometimes, it is easy to determine the mechanics of an accident, but not the factors that led to it. This is the case in a recent car crash in Colorado that took the life of two people and injured another. Police spent nearly four hours conducting their on scene investigation and cleaning up the accident.
Most Colorado drivers have exceeded the posted speed limit at one time or another. However, when a driver goes well beyond that speed limit and drives far too fast for the roadway and any prevailing conditions, the possibility of a loss of control increases. At that point, a serious or deadly car crash can occur.
It may be safe to say that the dangers of driving under the influence are well known to most Colorado residents, even if they don't drive themselves. The potential for causing a fatal car crash increases exponentially when an inebriated driver is also speeding. Recently, a young man lost his life after an alleged DUI fueled accident.
Colorado State Police officers responded to a call of a single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Business Loop at 30 Road. When they arrived, it was discovered that both of the vehicle's occupants suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other vehicles were involved.
From 2008 through 2012, hit-and-run drivers killed 104 people. Fortunately, only three of those fatalities were children under the age of 10. Most of those fatal injuries were to bicycle riders and pedestrians. In 2012 alone, 34 people lost their lives in these accidents. That number is almost twice the number killed in 2011, which saw 18 people parish at the hands of drivers who did not remain at the scene or render aid to the victims.
Police officers put their lives on the line every day in the service of their communities. They know that every time they put on their uniforms, their lives are at risk. The least of their worries should be whether they will suffer injuries when pulling over a vehicle on the side of the highway.
Distracted driving is a significant safety issue, and many drivers are guilty of becoming distracted behind the wheel. While all drivers are at risk for driving distracted, teen drivers appear to be the most likely to become distracted while driving.