According to WKRN-TV, recently, a woman was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after she crashed an SUV into an East Nashville bar.
The station reported that the accident occurred on November 5, at the 3 Crow Bar in a busy area of 5 points. The impact reportedly destroyed the front of the business, leaving glass and bricks strewn across the sidewalk in front of the bar.
Thankfully, no bar patrons were seriously injured in the crash, although one witness said a man was pushed across the bar by the force of the crash, landing standing upright. He reportedly paid his tab and went home before investigators arrived at the accident scene.
After speaking to witnesses, police arrested the driver of the SUV and charged her with DUI. She allegedly admitted to taking pain medication prior to the crash. She also said she could not remember if she had consumed alcohol before the wreck. The woman allegedly had red, watery eyes and her pupils were dilated when officers talked to her.
The accident remains under investigation. This is the second major building-vehicle accident to occur in Nashville over the past month. As we blogged about earlier this fall, a bus also crashed into a popular Nashville coffee shop.
Avoid Drunk, Drugged Driving at All Costs
Many people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, but some are not aware of the issues caused by drugged driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drugged driving involves operating a vehicle while “affected by alcohol and/or other drugs, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, or illicit substances.”
Sadly, an estimated one in eight American drivers at night, on the weekend, would test positive for drug use if examined by authorities. Many prescription drugs, although they seem above suspicion when it comes to side effects, can affect judgment, motor skills, perception and memory.
You should talk to your doctor about any prescription drugs you take prior to operating a vehicle—the failure to do so could result in dangers for not only yourself, but also others on the road.
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