20 pxA 6-year-old Conway girl was killed on Friday, March 9, 2012, in a fatal car accident on I-40 just west of Mayflower in Faulkner County. Capt. Keith Eremea identified alcohol and speed as two potential factors contributing to the accident. Unfortunately, alcohol-related fatalities occur each year. In 2009, according to one study, 211 alcohol-related fatalities were recorded in Arkansas, and 168 of those involved drivers who were considered alcohol-impaired. A driver involved in a motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-impaired if he or she exhibits a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater. The distinction between alcohol-impaired accidents and alcohol-related accidents has been addressed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
A motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-related if at least one driver or non-occupant (such as a pedestrian) involved in the crash is determined to have had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 gram per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Thus, any fatality that occurs in an alcohol-related crash is considered an alcohol-related fatality. The term ‘alcohol-related’ does not indicate that a crash or fatality was caused by the presence of alcohol.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances is dangerous. For that matter, driving under any circumstances where there may be distractions that remove the focus from the road ahead can lead to serious injuries the death. In addition to the devastating loss of loved ones, accidents resulting from the use of alcohol can lead to staggering medical bills, lengthy recovery, and permanent disability, for which the impaired driver should be held accountable in a court of law.
Our thoughts are with the family of that young girl, and for everyone involved in the accident.