An admittedly drunk 43-year-old woman was arrested on March 5 after she allegedly injured four people while driving through a campsite in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. The incident took place as people were gathered for the area’s 75th annual Bike Week celebration.
Witnesses claim the driver stumbled out of her vehicle after the incident and appeared disoriented; when police arrived on the scene, she told an officer that she should not have been driving. Her blood alcohol content was measured at about 0.17 percent, well above the 0.08 percent legal limit, so she was charged with DUI and reckless driving. In addition to the people injured during the incident, six motor homes were damaged.
How to avoid driving drunk
This accident highlights the dangers of drinking and driving. No one is quite sure what the driver was attempting to do or where she was trying to go when she ended up on the infield of the speedway, but the incident may have been a drunken joyride with no real purpose.
Planning a safe way home when you will be drinking can help you avoid ending up in a similar situation. Leaving your keys at home and designating a sober driver are good steps to help you avoid intoxicated driving. Taxi companies and ride-sharing apps are great ways to get home, and most bartenders will gladly call a cab for you if you need one. When all else fails, you can always walk.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact the experienced Bradenton drunk driving accident lawyers at the firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.