Alcohol Suspected in Car Wreck in which 5 were injured


A woman whose state of mind was impaired by alcohol is alleged to have been the cause of a car crash in which 5 people were injured. The woman crossed the centre line of the road, going over onto oncoming traffic and striking another vehicle. The woman was also travelling over the speed limit and according to police was not wearing her seatbelt. In addition to being injured herself, the driver also caused the injuries of other innocent road users, an example of the real cost of drink driving, in addition to the financial costs of fines and penalties.

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UntitledEden police said they suspect a woman was impaired from drinking alcohol when she crossed the center line and crashed into another vehicle Thursday evening, injuring herself and four other people.

Eden police said Rhonda Reid Wood, 49, of Eden was driving her Chevy Malibu above the speed limit west in the 100 block of East Aiken Road about 7 p.m. when she crossed the center line and struck a Toyota Camry.

Wood and the driver of the Camry, a 29-year-old Eden woman, were taken by helicopter to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Wood was listed in serious condition Friday morning. The driver of the Camry had been released from the hospital.

The three passengers in the Camry — a 36-year-old man, a 7-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy — were taken to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden.

The adult passenger was later released. Information about the children was not immediately available.


Although this incident occurred in The USA, similar situations are occurring on a regular basis in Australia and it is a relevant topic because statistics for Oz show that almost all fatal crashes involve drink drivers.

Responsible service of alcohol employees need to understand the role they play in ensuring patrons do not drink and drive. Not serving too many drinks to the same person and stopping patrons from driving if you are aware that they are intoxicated or over the legal limit are part of a server’s responsibility, whether you are a waiter, bartender or sommelier. Any worker of a licenced venue as well as licensees need to undergo Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training in order to understand their duties and RSA responsibilities.

The fact that 30 per cent of all fatal drink drive crashes occur between 9 pm and 3 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights indicates that RSA staff need to be extra vigilant at these times, which could be a challenge because bars and pubs are usually most crowded around these times.

RSA staff should assist patrons that are visibly intoxicated to call for transport home, whether it bea taxi, a friend or family member and encourage them not to drive. If necessary call the transport for them and do your part to keep our roads safe for all Australians.