Four children aged 9 to 13 were killed and three other children were seriously injured in early February when a drink driver hit them in Sydney, according to ABC News. The children were walking on the footpath just before 8:00 p.m. 2 February, when an intoxicated driver drove up and over the curb, hitting the children. They were all related, three of them siblings.
Driver had a BAC of 0.150
The man allegedly responsible has been charged with 20 offences, including four counts of manslaughter and driving with a high-range blood alcohol reading. Officers at Castle Hill Police Station found his BAC to be three times over the legal limit – a 0.150, as noted by the news provider. Both the driver and the passenger walked away uninjured.
The case will reach the courts for a criminal trial in April. Out of the four children who were killed, the three siblings were aged 9, 12 and 13, with the fourth being their 11-year-old cousin. Three of their relatives, also young children, were injured at the scene and taken to hospital.
There were several witnesses to the incident, leading police and prosecutors to believe they have a strong case – and they plan to seek the toughest possible sentence for the driver.
The unfortunate commonplace of drink driving
Unfortunately, drink driving cases are not an uncommon cause of car accidents. Although there has been a legal BAC limit in place for over 25 years, many people continue to abuse alcohol and drive under the influence, according to the National Road Safety Partnership Program. The Queensland Police Service detected over 22,000 drink drivers in 2015, and conducted 3.65 million BAC tests.
When someone is driving while impaired, even with a BAC of 0.05, the likelihood of an accident drastically increases. More specifically, the chances of a fatal accident are even higher: The NRSPP also noted that drink driving is the number one cause in 30% of fatal car crashes in Australia. Out of those fatalities, 1 in 4 drivers responsible in such incidents were found to have a BAC level exceeding the legal limit.
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