An impaired driver may have caused several severe accidents in Wisconsin on Fathers’ Day. On June 21, 2020, emergency personnel responded to major accidents on the I-41 highway, near Slinger, Wisconsin. Included in the accidents was a three-car collision which resulted in two vehicles becoming engulfed in flames. Three individuals were transported to seek immediate medical attention. Following the accident, police arrived on the scene and arrested one individual for intoxicated driving.
Details of the Accident
According to Wisconsin State Patrol officials, an intoxicated driver was heading northbound from the US 45 interstate split to WIS 60 highway in Washington County on the evening of Fathers’ Day. Officials say that the driver initially collided with a large camping trailer, causing debris to cover the I-41 highway. Despite causing shutdowns on some lanes of the highway, no individuals were injured in the initial collision. The intoxicated driver then fled the scene and continued down the roadway.
Following the preliminary accident, the intoxicated driver caused another major accident shortly after the first collision. The second accident resulted in a three-car collision and severe injuries. Emergency responders including fire fighters, police, and emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene of the accident. One individual was transported by an emergency helicopter to a local hospital. Additionally, two other individuals were transported by emergency medical services to receive treatment for injuries resulting from the accident.
“Accidents involving intoxicated drivers could be especially dangerous for several reasons,” said attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. of the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. “Intoxication may reduce a driver’s reaction time, concentration, and ability to accurately see objects in front of them. Additionally, intoxication may increase feelings of drowsiness or a desire to take risks. As a result, these injuries could lead to severe injuries or fatalities.”
Police Investigation and Arrest
The fires caused by the collisions resulted in the total shutdown of all traffic lanes on the I-41 northbound highway. Officials say that while severe injuries resulted from the accidents, no fatalities occurred. Additionally, no children were involved in the automobile crashes.
Following the series of accidents, the officers from the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Washington County Sheriff arrived to investigate the accidents. After an initial investigation, a 31-year-old individual was arrested on several charges. This includes operating while intoxicated (OWI), possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Prevalence of Intoxicated Driving in Wisconsin
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), nearly 24,000 individuals were convicted of an operating while intoxicated charge in 2015. While a majority of those convicted were above the legal age to consume alcohol, roughly 7 percent of overall OWI convictions occurred with individuals under the age of 21. The median alcohol concentration results for those who received an OWI citation in 2015 was around 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit while operating a vehicle in Wisconsin. Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identified Wisconsin as the 4th most prevalent state for alcohol-impaired driving compared to the rest of the United States.
In 2015, intoxicated driving contributed to over 5,000 alcohol-related automobile accidents in Wisconsin, resulting in nearly 3,000 recorded injuries. Additionally, of the 390 drivers who died as a result of a traffic fatality, over 120 tested positive for alcohol and 108 were found to be legally intoxicated at the time of the accident. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation found that alcohol was a contributing circumstance in over 48 percent of traffic-related deaths.
Tips to Avoid Intoxicated Driving
There are several actions that individuals could take to reduce the prevalence of intoxicated driving in Wisconsin. This includes actions such as choosing a designated driver before going to a restaurant or bar, not drinking alcohol if dining alone, or utilizing ride-hailing services such as Uber, Lyft, or taxis. Proactive individuals could also refuse to get in a car with an intoxicated driver or hold on to a friend’s car keys if they have recently consumed alcohol and plan on driving.
Additionally, there are numerous warning signs that drivers could look out for to detect drunk drivers traveling on roadways. Being familiar with some common signs of intoxicated drivers may help prevent a person from becoming involved in an automobile accident. Drunk drivers may frequently drift in traffic lanes, drive on the wrong side of the road, or make sudden or erratic stops.
Bringing clean water – Christopher Kenny’s Preservation Earth Project
Science plainly shows that a human can survive three weeks without food, yet most individuals cannot survive three to four days without water! Dehydration sets in, and the person will go into shock and become vegetative even if they continue to breathe. In other words, water is an essential requirement. A living thing cannot thrive without it. Nonetheless, it is a horrifying truth that billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
In developed countries, when everything from technology to luxury is available, receiving clean water at home is as ‘natural’ as breathing fresh air. Most individuals in advanced nations may not pay much attention to it, but this is not the case for the rest of the globe. Many countries continue to lack access to clean water sources or water appropriate for human use. Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be limited to the wealthy or those who live in cities. These are some of the most fundamental human health requirements, and all countries must ensure everyone has access to them.
The Preservation Earth Project (PEP) made its way to Tsaile, New Mexico. Over time, uranium mining, fracking, and pesticide abuse damaged the water supply, resulting in a high occurrence of numerous illnesses. Approximately 35% of the Navajo people do not have access to flowing water, and some must go to a remote location to fill barrels with water from a polluted local spring.
There is no doubt that climate change is boosting storm strength. Recent natural catastrophes have heightened the need for groups to step up and give support, answers, and relief to individuals affected by such natural disasters. The Preservation Earth Project is a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and solutions to help society transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
A look back at Christoper Kenny’s life
Chris Kenny was born in Summit, New Jersey, on May 4, 1961. He was one of twelve children. In 1980, he received a B.A. in economics and finance from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He also attended New York University, earning a commercial real estate management degree from the Schack Institute. Since 2018, he has served as the head of Strategy and E-trading at Hartfield, Titus, and Donnelly. Kenny started his career in the U.S. In 1985. He worked as a Treasury Bond Broker. He formerly worked at Bonds.com as the director of fixed income sales and technological development. His academic background is in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent demand as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.
He used solar power on mobile platforms as a backup power source for emergencies, water purification, and water pumping.
His academic credentials are in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent need as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. He has over 38 years of experience in finance as a salesperson, broker, trader, and investor.
Making clean water available to everyone
In 2012, Kenny founded The Preservation Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides assistance, education, and alternative energy solutions to help society shift to renewable energy. It was involved and aided Haiti several times after the 2010 earthquake, providing portable solar electricity for water purification and medical facilities. In 2020, the business devised a solution for the Navajos’ contaminated water source. They collaborated with engineers and local officials to build, produce, and install a solar-powered water filtration system for the Navajo people of Tsaile, New Mexico. Other activities have included providing portable solar power to the “Cajun Navy” for rescue and clean-up in areas devastated by the 2015-2021 hurricane season in Louisiana.
The project designed, delivered, and installed a solar-powered filtration system that will provide clean drinking water to the local Navajo community 365 days a year for many years to come. Several more initiatives are in the works to provide safe drinking water to Native American communities on the Navajo Reservation.
President’s letters of gratitude
President Jimmy Carter sent Chris two heartfelt letters encouraging him to continue his charitable work. He suggested calling Habitat for Humanity and asking if they were interested in collaborating on a few projects. He and Kenny both helped out at the charity.
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