April 2015 Archives

Big rig involved in fatal wreck near California freeway

The California Highway Patrol responded to an accident near Pacoima and Lake View Terrace in the San Fernando Valley on April 17, and one person died in the crash that occurred around 6:40 a.m. near the 118 and 210 Freeway interchange at Foothill Boulevard and Paxton Street. The wreck took place when a big rig veered onto an eastbound 210 Freeway embankment after the driver lost control of the large truck.

Reducing drunk driving with taxes

California motorists might be interested in learning more about researchers' claims that the fatalities and injuries caused by driving while intoxicated may be reduced by increasing taxes on alcohol. After Illinois increased state taxes on alcohol in 2009, fatal car accidents involving alcohol declined 26 percent. The number of crashes involving drivers classified as being extremely drunk declined by 25 percent, while the number of crashes by drivers impaired by alcohol declined 22 percent.

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