According to NorthJersey.com, a Ramapo College student was allegedly drunk when he caused a head-on crash that sent two classmates to the hospital on November 1.
Douglas Hervey, 20, was allegedly driving a 1993 Honda Civic when it collided with a 2010 Ford Edge on Woods Road around 12:11 a.m. First-responders to the scene of the crash found a large gathering of students assisting injured victims of the accident, including two males, ages 20 and 21, who were found lying on the ground.
According to NorthJersey.com ambulances transported one victim to Hackensack University Medical Center, while the other was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y.
Both students were allegedly passengers in Hervey’s vehicle. The driver of the Edge told investigators that he was traveling south when Hervey’s vehicle began to drift into his lane, causing the crash.
Hervey, of West Milford, was arrested after officers developed suspicion that he was under the influence at the time of the crash, according to NorthJersey.com. He was charged with two counts of assault by motor vehicle, driving while under the influence, reckless driving, failure to keep right and underage person operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in New Jersey. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 31 percent of all fatal New Jersey vehicle accidents in 2011 involved drunk driving. Underage drinking is also a significant issue. According to MADD, 29.9 percent of people ages 12 to 20 admitted to using alcohol in the last 30 days during a 2011 poll.
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KGG’s Corner: According to MADD, 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on suspended licenses.