DUI survivor tells her story

Posted at 6:29 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 21:29:48-04

A couple years ago a Bakersfield woman nearly lost her life after a drunk driver crashed into her on the fourth of July.

Alicia smith is lucky to be alive. She and her husband were on their way to celebrate Fourth of July with family and friends when in an instant - they're lives were forever changed. 

The driver ran a red light near golden state highway and seventh standard in northwest Bakersfield. 

The truck slammed right into them - leaving the couple trapped inside their crushed car.  

Her husband suffered several broken fingers. 

Alicia was wheelchair bound for several months. Unable to walk or do anything physical. She even lost her job.         

According to the DA’S office, there were forty two hundred DUIs in Kern County last year. 

Ten people died in dui-related crashes. 

According to BPD, in 2014, 40% of deadly car crashes on Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers.

An Uber ride can cost as little as five dollars versus a DUI which can cost up an offender up to $10,000 or even worse - your life or someone else's. 

As police say - Be safe. Be smart. Be responsible.