On January 5, 2012, former NBA star, Jayson Williams crashed his car into a tree in Manhattan. He veered across four lanes of oncoming traffic before crashing into the tree that was located at an exit for FDR drive. He slammed his head into the windshield of his car during the impact with the tree. He was taken to the hospital to treat his injuries. When he was taken to the hospital and had blood drawn, it was discovered that his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. The blood alcohol level was .19 and the legal limit in New York is .08.
Williams pleaded not guilty to the drunken-driving charges and the case is still pending. The prosecution is seeking the maximum sentence, which includes one year in jail. Despite his not guilty plea, Williams apologized to police the night of the accident for causing problems. The defense is suggesting there are other factors involved, including Williams’ overall state. He is also facing charges for the accidental shooting of a friend, his wife filed for divorce after the shooting, and the police have been called after friends felt he was suicidal.
Williams’ accident took place at 3am, and despite him dangerously crossing four lanes of traffic, no one else was injured in the accident. This is fortunate considering his complete disregard for the possible safety of others. Statistically, one person dies every 48 hours as a result of a drunken driving accident. In 2009, 32% of all car accident fatalities were attributed to a drunken driver. Hitting a little closer to this case, of car accident fatalities happening after 3am, 66% are attributed to a drunken driver.
The statistics regarding drunken driving are startling in many ways. For example, on New Year’s Day 2009, 468 people were killed in car accidents. 40% of them were alcohol related accidents. In 2009, 181 children were killed in car accidents attributed to a drunken driver. Given the known dangers of drunk driving, it is alarming that people still partake in such a dangerous activity. This disregard for the safety of others may be a testament to the negative impact alcohol has on an individual’s judgment.
Did you know?