A man sitting on a couch inside a house on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), had no reason to expect he would get injured by an alleged drunk driver. Remarkably, and unfortunately, that did happen, when a car crashed through the wall of his home and left him with injuries requiring hospital treatment.
The unusual DUI accident occurred just after midnight on January 22, 2015. According to WAVY-TV 10, the at-fault driver lost control of his car, crossed the median and sideswiped a parked Jeep before hitting the building. The driver then tried to pull away but could not get his car free.
The injured man is expected to recover. Police noted in a statement released to the television station that the driver was charged with ""felony hit and run, DUI 2nd offense, driving on a revoked license [DUI-related] ... and refusal to submit a breath or blood sample."
Repeated drunk drivers constitute one of the gravest dangers on the roads. While having too much to drink and then getting behind the wheel rarely happens just once, individuals convicted of DUI/DWI offenses should have both the positive knowledge and negative experience to convince them to avoid making the mistake again. Continuing to drive while impaired by alcohol even after facing the legal consequence one or more times represents degrees of recklessness, negligence and disregard for the safety of others that are difficult to understand.
Virginia over the past decade has consistently adopted tougher penalties for drunk and drugged driving. Most first convictions now carry requirements to install ignition interlock devices drivers must blow into to get their car or truck to start. A blood alcohol content of as little as .01 can kill an engine. Jail time, revocation of driving privileges and other sanctions also exist for repeat offenders. The only thing that absolutely prevents DUI/DWI incidents, however, is making the responsible and respectful decision to put down the keys when picking up a bottle. Because one man in Norfolk failed to do that, another man who thought himself safe and secure in in his own home wound up hurt and hospitalized.