CBS San Francisco reports that two men are being investigated for drunk driving after a serious car accident on Highway 101. The crash happened early Sunday morning around 12:30 a.m. when a Santa Rosa began traveling northbound on the southbound lanes of Highway 101 by Pepper Road. The man smacked into a vehicle driven by a San Anselmo man.
The Santa Rosa man sustained internal injuries and serious cuts to his right arm. The San Anselm man suffered head cuts and complained about back injuries. His passenger suffered a broken arm, femur, sternum and ribs.
Both drivers are being investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol. The wrong-way driver was on probation which banned him from drinking alcohol. CBS News reports that he has two prior DUI convictions.
This is one of many drunk driving car accident which recently happened in Northern California. Drunk driving is an epidemic throughout the country and responsible for thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year.
Studies have shown that drivers do not need to be legally intoxicated to increase their risk of being involved in a serious car accident such as this one. Studies have shown that even drivers with a 0.01 percent blood alcohol level are more likely to be involved in serious injury crashes than completely sober drivers.
Source: CBS San Francisco, “Wrong Way Driver Causes Head-On Crash On Petaluma Highway,” Aug. 20, 2012