Sunday, 30 December 2012

Increase in California DUI Arrests, Fatalities This Christmas Season

Both arrests for DUI, as well as fatalities and accidents caused by drunk motorists increased this holiday season.  According to information from the California Highway Patrol, between December 21 and December 25, the agency made a total of 1,170 arrests for DUI.  Last year, the number was 980.
This year, there was also an increase in the number of deaths caused in alcohol-related car accidents.  Last year, 14 people died in alcohol-related car accidents over the Christmas holiday season, while in this year, the number of deaths was 39.
These are California Highway Patrol statistics, and information from local police agencies across the state has not yet come in.
The number of people being arrested for DUI is only likely to increase over the New Year's holiday.  This holiday tends to be heavy on drinking, and therefore, the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol spikes during this time, keeping California DUI lawyers busy in the first few days of the new year.
The California Highway Patrol is already planning to help motorists ring in 2013 with a series of sobriety checkpoints and crackdowns as part of the Maximum Enforcement Period.  The Period is expected to begin on December 28 at 6 PM, and continue through midnight of January 1, 2013. 
Additionally, the California Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to report to police when they see any motorists who look as if they're driving under the influence of alcohol.
Start off 2013 on the right note by avoiding driving under the influence this New Year's eve, and hiring a taxi, if you plan on drinking the night away.  If that's not possible, make plans to stay over at your host’s place.

1 comment:

  1. Simply because during holiday season parties are everywhere and alcoholic drinks can't be absent during this days. I suggest if you go to a party and drive plan to stay overnight with the host party to avoid accidents. If you are caught and charged with DUI contact your DUI lawyer immediately.

    Joseph @ DUI solicitors Parramatta

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