Last month, we wrote about an Ohio man who confessed to a fatal drunk driving accident in a YouTube video. The video displays the man describing his actions on the night of the accident: he drank too much at a bar, but still got behind the wheel of a car. He then spoke about how struck and killed a man while he was driving home. The video went viral in the days after it was posted, and led to the man's near-immediate arrest. He said he knew what the video's consequences would be, and wanted to post it to convince others not to drink and drive.
When a car accident occurs, drivers have a responsibility to stop, pull over and assist with the aftermath. If motorists are fortunate enough to avoid injury, they still must stay on the scene to trade insurance information. If passengers in the other car are injured, drivers should try to assist them in any way they can. Leaving an injured car accident victim behind is a serious crime - one that can lead to the death of a victim who might otherwise have survived.
When a person gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they accept certain responsibilities. By turning the key, drivers attest that they will drive carefully and responsibly, and they will pay close attention to their surroundings. Failure to uphold this responsibility, even for a few seconds, can result in a tragic accident.
Many readers will undoubtedly be aware of our nation's many sex offender registries. These are publicly available lists that describe the names and addresses of all sex offenders in an area. What most readers might not know, however, is that Ohio recently attempted to create a similar system with people convicted of DUI.