Though the overall numbers of DUIs have fallen significantly over the past couple of decades, it still remains a problem on California roadways. DUI prevention remains a top priority of law enforcement. There are several ways in which California authorities attempt to reduce and prevent DUIs. The first way is, of course, through drunk driving laws. The second way is the set up of DUI checkpoints in areas where DUIs are known to occur frequently. The fourth method involves education through school prevention programs and media campaigns. The final way comes at a penalty for drunk driving: requiring offenders to have their license suspended or to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.
The Mercury News reports that a person has been injured in a collision with a fire truck in Lafayette while law enforcement officers were investigating a DUI Accident.
The incident occurred on Monday night at about 9:05 p.m.
The first collision occurred on Highway 24 when 22-year-old Konstantin Vodyanov crashed a Lexus sedan into the back of a tractor-trailer. Vodyanov and his three passengers all suffered from major injuries in the accident and were hospitalized.
Vodyanov was arrested on charges of felony DUI and was hospitalized for his injuries.
While police officers were investigating this accident, 30-year-old Suallah Hatari Lloyd drove a Honda sedan into the back of the fire engine at a high rate of speed. According to the CHP, Lloyd is also suspected of being intoxicated. He was also rushed to the hospital with major injuries.
All of the firefighters who were blocking the accident scene were checked out at the hospital and deemed to be okay.