Some drivers in Louisiana are under certain restrictions. For instance, motorists may be required to wear correct lenses when they get behind the wheel. Others are allowed to drive, but only once interlock devices have been installed in their vehicles. This was the case for one young woman, who has since been accused of tampering with the device and causing a drunk driving accident.
Interlock devices are mechanisms that render a vehicle inoperable, unless the driver takes a breath test using the device and the results are negative. Then, the vehicle will start. Authorities say the 28-year-old woman involved in this situation tampered with the interlock system in her vehicle, just before she was involved in a multiple vehicle collision.
A tractor-trailer, a pickup truck, and another car were also involved in the crash. Police say the woman they suspect of drunk driving was heading eastbound in the westbound lane of a bridge when she apparently smashed head-on into another car. Several people (including the woman herself) were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries. Sadly, one person has since died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.
It was noted that there are no shoulders on the bridge in the area where the accident occurred, which would obviously make it nearly impossible to avoid collision in any circumstance. When a fatality occurs in a motor vehicle crash, and a person is charged with drunk driving, life, as known prior to the incident, is never the same. Anyone facing such charges in Louisiana at this time can mitigate their circumstances as much as possible by presenting a strong a defense in court with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: katc.com, “Florida woman killed by alleged drunk driver on I-10“, April 19, 2017