BABYLON, NY – According to Newsli.com, a woman was arrested in relation to a car crash that took place in Suffolk County. The driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the collision took place, and her passenger was severely injured.
The driver was operating a 2005 Nissan Maxima and traveling west on Trolley Line Road when she left the roadway and hit two utility poles. The incident took place at about 12:40 in the morning.
A 26-year-old woman from Lindenhurst was a passenger in the vehicle at the time. The passenger was hurt in the incident and was taken to the Good Samaritan Medical Center where she was treated for severe injuries. The victim is reported to be the driver’s sister.
Another individual, a 24-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
The driver is now facing charges for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Alcohol.
Alcohol-impaired driving is still a problem in the United States, even after decades of campaigns expressing the dangers related to driving under the influence. While the number of drink drivers and related accidents has declined, there is now a growing concern over drugged driving. The impact of drugs on driving capabilities can vary greatly depending on the drug, and it can be difficult for an officer who pulls a driver over to identify whether the driver might be impaired.
While blood tests can help determine what drugs are in a person’s system, they are not always a good way to determine if the driver was under the influence of the drug. Drugs stay in the body for variable amounts of time, sometimes long after they ceased to impair a person’s ability to drive.
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