For the second time in a week, a driver has slammed into a Caltrans construction area while allegedly intoxicated, reports the Los Angeles Times. Fortunately, there were no construction workers hurt this time. However, both the driver and passengers riding in the car were injured and transported to the hospital.
The six occupants in the compact Honda, none of which were wearing seatbelts, ranged in age from 17 to 20. The car swerved into a Caltrans construction area where workers were resurfacing lanes, clipped a tractor-trailer, and then flipped. Some of the occupants were ejected.
One of the passengers is in serious condition with a broken neck. The others were all transported to the hospital with an assortment of injuries, such as a lacerated liver and head wounds.
More charges are pending since the occupants were suspected to all have been drinking and none of them were of age. The driver was administered a field sobriety test at the scene and arrested on suspicion of DUI.
California has a zero-tolerance policy towards underage drinking and driving, which means minors cannot be driving with even a 0.01 BAC. Anything at 0.01 or above nets a DUI and a one year license suspension. The penalties for a DUI can be up to six months in jail, a $390-$1000 fine, and alcohol education classes.
Earlier this week, a middle-aged man from Arcadia plowed his Toyota Rav4 into a construction site and into the son of hall of fame racing legend Bruce Penhall. Connor Penhall did not survive, and the driver is now facing vehicular manslaughter charges.
Meanwhile, one begins to wonder if, in the name of safety, Caltrans should consider placing concrete barriers or water barrels at the entrance to all construction sites.
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