If you plan to drink, it's always a good idea to find out how you're going to get home safely. Drinking and driving are hazardous to everyone. You could crash and hurt yourself or cause a collision with someone else.
Drunk driving can lead to fatal crashes, like the one described in recent Nashville report which describes how a man came to face a DUI charge for a hit-and-run accident. That accident led to the death of a pedestrian, a 50-year-old man who was trying to cross the road when he was killed.
The news reports that the 24-year-old driver struck the man and then left the crash scene. The man was taken to the hospital but passed away from his injuries. It is not clear how long he had to wait for assistance.
Although the 24-year-old driver left the scene after he struck the pedestrian, he returned just a few hours later. It was then that police discovered that he had the smell of alcohol on his breath. They administered a breathalyzer, which showed that the young man was intoxicated and above the legal limit.
The driver is now charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, the failure to render aid and driving on a revoked license. Situations like these illustrate just how quickly a drunk driving mistake can turn tragic for everyone involved.
The reality is that everyone makes bad decisions, but you don't deserve to go to prison for life over one. If you have a solid defense to a drunk driving charge, it's possible to have your penalties lowered. You may also be able to get the help you need if substance abuse is a problem.