June 17, 2013
A man was killed and another was placed under arrest following a Memphis drunk driving accident that happened over this past weekend. Records show the crash happened at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the intersection of East Raines Road and Elvis Presley Boulevard.
The Memphis Drunk Driving Victim was traveling through the intersection when a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver failed to yield the right of way. The victim did not have time to move out of the way and the two vehicles collided.
According to a story from WREG 3 News, the drunk driver told police he had just left a nightclub where he had consumed several alcoholic drinks. He stated that he was at fault for the accident because he had fallen asleep while at the wheel of his vehicle. Police were later able to determine he was, in fact, over the legal blood-alcohol limit at the time of the accident and placed him under arrest for DUI and Vehicular Homicide.
The crash highlights the dangers posed by drunk drivers and leaves many wondering what the government is doing to curb the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called for the legal blood alcohol limit to be dropped from .08 percent to .05 percent. They have also recommended any motorist caught driving drunk be required to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicle.
The Memphis Personal Injury Lawyers with John Michael Bailey hope these recommendations will be implemented to reduce drunken driving accidents in Tennessee.