Every year, drinking and driving has a devastating impact on thousands of pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. Tragically, a pedestrian in Tulsa was fatally injured over the weekend after being struck by a drunk driver.

The pedestrian was crossing 35th Street and Peoria Avenue at the designated crosswalk area when he was struck by the motorist’s SUV. Even though this pedestrian was following the rules and crossing at the designated crosswalk, he lost his life because of the actions of an impaired driver that was not paying attention.

The impaired driver, age 25, admitted to having two beers prior to hitting the pedestrian. She was arrested and is now facing counts of first-degree manslaughter and failure to yield to a pedestrian. This accident is a prime example of the dangers related to drunk driving and demonstrates how even a relatively small amount of alcohol can impair your motor skills and concentration immensely.

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Getting behind the wheel after you have consumed alcohol is a selfish act that puts not only your own life on the line but also the innocent lives of the motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists surrounding you. This illegal behavior causes thousands of deaths and life-altering injuries each year.

Below are some alarming statistics that reveal the severity associated with drunk driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • In 2014, there were 9,967 deaths related to alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • Drunk driving accidents accounted for about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths in 2014.
  • Every day, 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

If you know you are going to be consuming alcohol, be smart, and plan out an alternative method of getting home.

Call a Lyft, Uber, or taxi, use public transportation, or designate a sober driver for the evening. To keep yourself and others safe, NEVER get behind the wheel if you have consumed any alcohol. The risks are simply not worth it.

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