An off-duty Bexar County Deputy traveling to work was recently hit head-on by a woman driving on the wrong side of the road. The collision happened at approximately 10 p.m. close to the intersection of FM 1346 and Loop 1604 in San Antonio.
In the short time following the accident, deputies dispatched to the scene found the injured driver with an open alcohol beverage in the vehicle. They also discovered that she already had one DUI conviction.
The deputy suffered minor injuries.
The consequences of dangerous and drunk driving continue
That collision is anything but a “one-off” and representative of an alarming trend in Texas, with the most recent stats from 2000 revealing:
- Close to 4,000 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions, a 7.54 percent increase from more than 3,600 lives lost during the previous year
- Crashes that happened or related to an intersection reached 865
- A total of 958 people died in crashes where the driver was under the influence of alcohol
- Crash injuries reached more than 205,000 in 2020, a starting state that saw 14,656 suffering severe injuries
- Reportable crashes happened every one minute and seven seconds
- One person died every two hours and 15 minutes, while one person was injured every two minutes and 34 seconds
A two-plus-year pandemic seemed to bring out the worst in drivers. While many sheltered in place, others saw wide open roads as an opportunity to speed, many while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Emerging from the national emergency may reveal that newfound habits are hard to break, resulting in continuing serious injuries and deaths on roads throughout the Lone Star State.