Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious matter because not only is it against the law, but it creates a high likelihood of a motor vehicle collision and personal injury to other drivers. Driving after using drugs or alcohol impairs a driver’s capability to drive safely and to react to others on the road, which leads to a high probability of the occurrence of an accident. Such accidents more often than not include serious personal injuries, or even fatalities.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a Chicago truck driver was sentenced to four years in prison for such a crime. In a 2009 fatal crash, this truck driver was driving under the influence of marijuana and caused an accident leading to the death of the victim. At the time of the accident, the victim was stopped in a traffic jam at Interstate 90 and Illinois Highway 53. The truck driver, driving a semi-trailer, did not stop in time and rear-ended the car of the victim.
While the truck driver was quoted as saying he “wouldn’t wish that pain on anybody,” alcohol and drug related fatalities and injuries are always preventable. If one simply does not get behind the wheel of a truck or motor vehicle while impaired, such accidents and ultimate deaths would never occur in the first place. If you do not wish pain on anyone’s families, do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired.