New Year's Eve is a time of celebration. As we close out one year and enter into another, we celebrate our accomplishments of 2017 and look forward to a bright 2018.
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.
A woman in Corona was killed in a fiery crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Jan. 18. The fatal two-car accident happened near Green River Road on the 91 Freeway at around 4 a.m. Before the fatal collision, the victim had been a passenger in a Honda that was disabled due to a separate accident that had taken place earlier. It is unclear what led to the first of the two car accidents.