A UPS truck driver is accused of having an open container of alcohol as well as marijuana Friday night when his truck hit three vehicles and causing a multivehicle car crash.
Passengers in the vehicles hit by the UPS truck were transported to various hospitals, police said.
Charges against the UPS driver, whose identity was not revealed, are pending the results of laboratory tests, police said.
The accident blocked traffic for about 90 minutes on the highway. Long lines of traffic were backed up.
Distracted Driving Is As Dangerous as Driving While Intoxicated
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says distracted driving is dangerous claiming 3,450 lives in 2016 alone. The safety agency adds that 391,000 persons were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. NHTSA estimates that, during daylight hours, some 481,000 drivers are using cellphones while driving, creating “enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads.” Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
In fact states with legal marijuana laws have seen an increase in car crashes due to increased marijuana use.
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