Two persons were injured in a Santa Clarita auto accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver who ran a red light. According to this news report in The Signal, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident that occurred on January 23, 2009 at the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard.
Eyewitnesses told officials that they saw the driver of a black Scion run a red light driving at about 80 mph northbound on Valencia without her lights on. That driver crashed into a silver Nissan that was making a left turn onto Valencia Boulevard. Police said they detected alcohol in the breath of the driver of the Scion and believe it could have been a factor in this traffic collision. Both drivers were injured and transported to an area hospital, but their names were not released.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 statistics, there were a total of 748 traffic accident fatalities in Los Angeles County out of which 276 involved alcohol. During the same year, there were 57,069 traffic accident related injuries out of which 5,057 involved an intoxicated driver.
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in California with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more. In this case, not only was the Scion’s driver intoxicated, but she also ran a red light. Obviously running a red light is a violation of California law. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
The injured motorist, in this case the driver of the Nissan, would be well-advised to contact a skilled Southern California auto accident attorney, who has the experience and a track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers on behalf of injured clients. Drunk driving is not only illegal, it is irresponsible. These drivers must be made to pay for their poor judgment and utter disregard for public safety.