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Traffic Tip: dangers of driving while impaired

Sept. 3, 2011 at 4:03 a.m.


By Sgt. Julian Huerta

This Labor Day weekend's tip is a reminder about the dangers of driving while impaired.

Many people who operate a vehicle, be it a passenger car or truck, motorcycle, etc., see the vehicle as simply a method of transportation. A motor vehicle is a method of transportation when operated by a sober, competent, defensive driver.

However, as many people in our local community alone know, a motor vehicle in the hands of an impaired driver is a 10,000-pound weapon of death and destruction.

All across the nation, hundreds of people are killed and injured every year by impaired drivers. I use the term impaired as opposed to intoxicated drivers, as many people think alcohol alone is what we refer to when we speak of intoxicated drivers. A person's fine motor skills, depth perception, reaction times, etc., can be impaired/affected in a negative way by the induction into the body of not just alcohol or illegal drugs as we typically think of.

There are some people amongst us who over medicate themselves with their prescribed legal medications, as they begin to self-medicate (Taking more than they should).

Please, if you know someone is about to drive impaired in whatever circumstance, do not let them drive off; call them a cab or give them a ride yourself.

The decision one makes to drive when impaired is a life-altering decision that can haunt you for many years to come (If you survive the ride).

Be responsible and do not drink, drive and go to jail.

The Victoria Police Department and all local law enforcement remind you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit at 361-485-3700.

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