It is easy for concentration to slip when you are driving. It only requires a minor distraction to draw someone’s eyes from the road for a moment. The chances of this happening are even higher when a driver is intoxicated.

An assistant football coach for Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University learned through experience that drunk driving is dangerous. He is fortunate to not have been injured or to injure someone else, but his case following drunk driving crashes still underscores the real risk of impaired drivers.

In February, authorities responded to a scene where a couple of vehicles had been struck by another driver, a driver who fled the area. That driver turned out to be the up-and-coming, newly-appointed assistant football coach for Vanderbilt. He was under the influence of alcohol when he caused the car accidents and fled.

The driver pleaded guilty to the charges, resulting in a $350 fine, loss of his license for one year and 24 hours of community service. He is also required to participate in an alcohol safety course. He has also at least temporarily lost his gig as assistant coach.

The legal limit in Tennessee for blood-alcohol when driving is 0.08 percent. If a driver is over this limit, he endangers not only himself but unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians who deserve to feel safe in their community. If you or a loved one is affected by a drunk driving accident, you may wish to seek compensation for the damage done, in order to protect yourself and to cover the costs resulting from the crash.

Source: WKRN-TV Nashville, “Vanderbilt assistant football coach pleads guilty to DUI,” March 5, 2014