Jose Hernandez, 37, hit an on-duty police offer. Fortunately, the driver, his 3 passengers, and the officer, weren’t injured.
Dallas, TX September 11, 2015, 11:40 PM, at the intersection of West Illinois Avenue and South Westmoreland Road
37-year-old Jose Hernandez was driving his Dodge SUV late Friday, September 11th, when he crashed into a squad car. The officer was driving legally in a westbound direction through a green light at the intersection of West Illinois Avenue and South Westmoreland Road. Hernandez was driving eastbound when he T-boned the officer’s car as he turned onto Westmoreland Road.
Fortunately, no one was injured. Police arrested Hernandez for DUI and another individual for public intoxication. A total of 4 people were in the Dodge SUV, and the other 2 passengers were released.
No details yet on the case.
It’s Easy to Avoid Drunk Driving in 2015
There’s no question about where responsibility lies in this case. Fortunately, no one was hurt at all.
But it raises the question,”Why does it still happen here in 2015?” It certainly happens less frequently than it used to, but it happens nonetheless.
According to MADD, the number of drunk driving deaths have fallen 50% since 1980. So that’s some pretty significant progress right there.
But there’s still work to do. MADD also continues to say the average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
It’s easy to think that, statistically, you’re probably not going to get caught or do anything harmful -until it happens. That’s probably the most common rationalization people use.
- Use Uber – It’s Faster and Costs Less than a Taxi
You can do your entire request – a ride and purchase with your smartphone. Even though Uber wasn’t designed to reduce drunk driving, it has by a minimum of 3.6% (and up to 5.6%), according to this study. Uber even lets you choose what kind of car you want to ride home in, if that’s important to you.
- Did You Take Your Car Out with You? This App Takes It Home for You Too
Get the BEMYDD app. Visit their website to learn more about their service. They’ll make sure you get home. And if you’re worried about having your car, they’ll transport that home for you too.
- Have Your Friend or Spouse Drive
If you know you have someone who will pick you up, make that arrangement. And if no one can pick you up, either don’t drink that night, or invite your friends over to your house. But make sure they have a way to get home too.
Don’t Fall for the “It’s Not Going to Happen to Me” Attitude
It’s easy to tell yourself nothing’s going to happen to you. This works for a while. But along the way, you realize you have some close scrapes.
Cops pull you over, but don’t get you for DUI this time. You don’t remember driving home, but your car is outside. You find damage on your vehicle, but don’t remember how it got there. You knock your mailbox over.
They’re all signs of something that could have been much worse. Don’t risk it. Keep yourself, your family, and your career safe and find a way to get home that doesn’t involve you driving…even if you’re just “buzzing.”
If you were injured in an auto accident contact our Dallas injury attorneys today for a free consultation.