According to the NHTSA, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. There were 10,874 people killed in alcohol-related driving crashes. Of those, 6,618 had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.08% or higher. The overall number does represent a 1.1% decrease from 2016 numbers. When it comes to the location of the crashes, 55% of fatal DUI crashes occurred in an urban area where 45% occurred in a rural area. 13% of crashes occurred on interstates, 32% occurred on principal artery roadways, 20% occurred on minor arterial roadways, 20% occurred on non-interstate highways, and 16% occurred on local roadways.
The Union Democrat reports that a woman survived a car crash into a tree and was accused of DUI.
The crash happened at about 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday on Highway 132 just west of Bond Flats Road.
22-year-old Kelsea Tishman was driving a 1991 Dodge Dynasty west on Highway 132 near the south edges of the Don Pedro Reservoir when she lost control of the vehicle. She was traveling at between 60 and 65 m.p.h. at the time of the crash.
After losing control of the vehicle, she drove onto the north shoulder, and the driver’s side of the vehicle slammed into a tree. At some time during the accident, a wire attached to a telephone pole was cut.
Tishman had to be extricated by the fire department. She was taken to a local hospital in Modesto with major injuries. She was also placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.