According to the Daily Pilot, around 5:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 31-year-old Oscar Hugo Vargas was driving in Newport Beach when he lost control of his Honda Civic and crashed into the Mariner’s Mile office located in the 2700 block of West Coast Highway, virtually destroying two offices: that of wedding photography business Jennifer Brennan Photography and private investment management firm Dewane Investment Strategies.
Vargas had passengers in the car but thankfully, no one reported injuries. Vargas was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. If in fact he was driving drunk, we could speculate that by 5:30 a.m. he thought he was sober enough to drive. Or, maybe he thought no one would be on the road at that time so he would be safe. Or, perhaps he partied all night long and just made a really bad judgment call.
In any event, the point is clear: even if no one is on the road, even if you don’t strike another vehicle, even if none of your passengers are hurt, even if you don’t get pulled over by the police…even if! – you can still do a lot of damage. Now, as a result of Vargas’ poor judgment, people’s livelihoods are put on hold. Now a landlord has to go through the process of reporting a claim to his insurance company and having his storefront rebuilt, which could take months.
Now Mr. Vargas may have a criminal record and a hefty amount of fines.
When you drive drunk, others can be affected.
Let’s say Vargas wasn’t drinking. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, he stayed up all night with his friends and was stone cold sober, but super tired. Driving with any impairment whatsoever can be devastating to yourself and others. Those include:
- Prescription medication
- Over-the-counter medicines that warn of drowsiness
What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
Now that you have read this, think about your driving habits.
- Do you text while driving?
- Do you talk on the phone while driving?
- Do you often break the speed limit?
- Have you gotten into any car accidents in the past year, or received any tickets?
- Do you drive with children or teenagers in the car? If so, do you model safe, cautious driving for them?
We invite you to add some safety resolutions into your New Year’s goals. If you’ve read our blog, or if you watch/read the news, you know that accidents happen – preventable accidents – and that life is short and precious. Why risk your safety and the safety of others (or even risk your future) by taking too many risks behind the wheel?
Join us in our commitment to reverse the sad statistics about teenage driving. If you’re a parent, model good behavior for your kids and vow to keep them safe this year. If you’re a teenager, vow to model good behavior for your friends and keep yourself safe – you have your whole life ahead of you.
We wish you all a safe and prosperous 2015!
– The team at Safety 1st Driving School