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Even low BACs can lead to drunk driving accidents

The recent St. Patrick's Day holiday had many police and media throughout Virginia warning against driving while intoxicated. One media outlet even published a blood alcohol content table for readers, explicitly defining the amount of alcohol it takes to impair a driver's judgment behind the wheel. According to the Virginia Tech Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center, just one drink can negatively affect driving skills, therefore even light drinkers can cause a drunk driving accident.

Commercial vehicle accident kills two children

Residents of Virginia know that winding roads, adverse weather conditions, and rushed commuters can make for a dangerous drive. However, none of these conditions are quite as frightening as faulty brakes on a commercial vehicle. Local law enforcement agents in another state, West Virginia, are still investigating a grisly commercial vehicle accident that may have involved defective brakes.

Police officer's cell phone use alleged in deadly crash

When police officers take to the road in their own vehicles, Virginians often assume their behaviors are always safe and lawful. However, no drivers are above the law, nor are law enforcement personnel immune to the temptations of distracted driving. A recent case out of neighboring West Virginia involves a police officer who is accused of talking on his cell phone and causing a fatal car accident.

January crash leads to "backseat driver" DUI charge

In Virginia, it's not just those behind the wheel that can be charged with endangering others on the road. An alleged drunk driving accident that occurred last month in Bedford County involves a passenger being arrested for driving under the influence. While traveling in a car with four other people, a 23-year-old woman from Roanoke allegedly grabbed the wheel and caused the car to crash, according to another passenger.

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