Author: Francis Kelley/Thu, Aug 15, 2013/Categories: Long Island Accidents

accident_jeep_crashA Long Island man is facing charges of driving drunk, reckless driving, and endangering the welfare of his son following a car crash over the weekend.

According to an Associated Press report from Amityville, N.Y., the crash occurred in the afternoon hours on Saturday, Aug. 10. During the incident, the man driving a 2010 Jeep vehicle turned into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle was injured enough to require transportation to a local hospital. The driver of the Jeep was found to be intoxicated by responding authorities at the scene. Making matters worse, in the vehicle with him at the time was his 3-year-old son. While the father was arrested immediately following the incident, the toddler was released by authorities to another family member, according to AP’s account.

Criminal Charges Against Driver

The father was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 15 as well as endangering the welfare of a child, AP notes.

We report consistently on the dangers facing drivers and pedestrians on Long Island roadways and intoxicated driving is just one of many factors that only serve to increase those risks. Long Island’s roadways are already known as the most dangerous and deadly in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) area and intoxicated driving is one preventable risk factor.

In addition to drunk driving, we’ve also reported on the dangers of distracted driving, a behavior most often associated with texting while driving. In the last few months, New York authorities have been cracking down on distracted driving in the state and have announced stiffer penalties for drivers who are caught texting behind the wheel.

Memorial Day DUI Sweep

Over the Memorial Day weekend, authorities on Long Island also conducted sobriety checkpoints which nabbed more than 100 drivers in the area sweep, according to another recent report we’ve filed.

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