While the United States has only been tracking data regarding drunk driving incidents since 1982, overall fatalities involving drunk driving has decreased 64% since that time. Drunken driving incidents involving those under the age of 21 has also decreased 68% nationally between the years of 1991 and 2017. Despite these decreases, drunk driving accidents do happen and a number of them are fatal. In 2017, an estimated 10,874 people were killed in an accident where a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher.
The Daily Bulletin reports on a drunk driving crash in Jurupa Valley that left four dead.
Late on Tuesday, October 23rd, four residents of Riverside were killed when a driver lost control of his vehicle and plowed into their own.
The driver, whose name has not been released, happened at about 11:45 p.m. on Van Buren Boulevard south of 56th Street.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the driver, who is in serious condition following the crash, may have been intoxicated. The at-fault driver was heading north on Van Buren when he attempted to make a turn on 56th Street. The driver lost control and ended up in the southbound lanes, where it collided with another vehicle.
All four people in the other vehicle were killed. Additionally, two other vehicles suffered damage attempting to avoid the initial collision.
Investigators remained at the site until shortly after 8 a.m. The stretch of Van Buren where the accident took place, which had been closed to allow authorities to investigate, was reopened at approximately 8:15 a.m.