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NY Driver Charged With DWI After Hitting Snowplow

A 22-year-old man was charged with drunk driving after a head-on crash with a snowplow in Lafayette.

The driver was taken to a hospital and released. His 25-year-old passenger suffered a possible hip fracture.

The snowplow driver – who was charged with failure to yield the right of way – was not seriously injured.

Around 1,000 New York motorists lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents each year, according to numbers from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. More than 12,000 are hospitalized for injuries from New York motor vehicle crashes.

Statistically, February is one of the most dangerous months of the year, due to inclement weather, limited visibility and dangerous road conditions. The presence of snowplows on roadways adds another potential hazard.

This is from CNY Central.com:

State Police in LaFayette responded to a serious accident on State Route 11 at Moltion Road at 1:59 AM Saturday.

Police say a 2004 Dodge pick-up truck, driven by 22-year-old Mitchell C. Sofranko was hit head-on by a New York State DOT snowplow.

The plow was driven by 60-year-old Michael Andrews. The plow was turning onto State Route 11 when the crash happened.

Both Sofranko and his passenger, 25-year-old Brian Allen were treated at Upstate Hospital in Syracuse. Sofranko was released; Allen was admitted with a possible hip fracture. Andrews was treated at Upstate for neck pain and released.

Sofranko was arrested for DWI and was also ticketed for speed not reasonable and prudent. Andrews was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way.

The total number of people killed in automobile crashes nationwide in 2011 was 32,367, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of that total, 9,878 deaths occurred in crashes involving drunk drivers.

Sources:

  • CNY Central.com http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?list=190258&id=855646
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2012/New+NHTSA+Analysis+Shows+2011+Traffic+Fatalities+Declined+by+Nearly+Two+Percent

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