Drunk driving is a global threat that authorities are attempting to combat with mixed results. Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous not only for the driver but also for others on the road. A terrifying accident involving a drunk driver who flew his vehicle off the road and landed on another car moving on the opposite side of the street has surfaced on the Internet. CCTV cameras from various angles captured the events leading up to the disaster. The accident occurred outside a pizzeria in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Seven vehicles were involved in the accident on Christmas Day that left four people injured.
The video was shared on the YouTube channel ViralHog.
The 45-second video has received more than 1,700 views since it was uploaded on December 29.
The driver of the brown Chevette was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was seen driving his car carelessly and failing to turn in time, losing control of the vehicle and flying off the road, landing on a red Camaro, according to the video. After the crash, the Camaro driver lost consciousness, slammed on the gas, and collided with five other vehicles. After the brown automobile landed and eventually fell off the road, the red vehicle accelerated.
Emergency services managed to rescue all the injured. Police said the driver who caused the accident admitted he had two shots of cognac before he started driving.
While the accident was chilling, this also brought into focus the safety standards in car manufacturing as one YouTube user commented on the video, “Well I guess those new roof strength safety standards for cars paid off for someone”.
Drinking and driving is one of the main causes of road accidents worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, driving under the influence of alcohol is a key risk factor for 27 percent of all road injuries worldwide.
A few weeks ago, there were a series of road accidents in Hyderabad on the same day, all involving drunk drivers. In the first accident, a doctor, who had previously been charged with speeding, was charged with “causing hurt by rash and negligent acts” after the car he was driving injured four people. The doctor's blood-alcohol level was 116 mg/100 ml, much more than the legal limit of 30 mg/100 ml. In the second accident, this time a businessman driving a Porsche, knocked down two people in the city's posh Banjara Hills area. The third accident claimed the lives of two people on a scooter who were hit by a Toyota Qualis driven by a 30-year-old man. The driver's blood-alcohol level was 148mg/100 ml, nearly five times the legal limit.
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