There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)
PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.
The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.
The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer (USA Today)
It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.
And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…? Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech. I’ve seen them and I’ve known them. Impairment is impairment.
And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?
At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!
(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use. It means if you are impaired – don’t drive. With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention. Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right? 😦 )