The California Highway Patrol released a report stating that 15% of auto accidents in California were caused by drunk drivers. In 2008 there were over 65,000 traffic accidents across the state, with nearly 10,000 car crashes being alcohol related. The total number of vehicle collisions involving alcohol is down in recent years according to Signal News, since a Federally funded DUI enforcement program was instituted, helping police officers across the state apprehend DUI suspects.
Statistics don’t lie, but the sad fact is that alcohol related auto accidents still occur on a regular basis. California police officers have stepped up enforcement of DUI laws, setting up sobriety checkpoints and cracking down on repeat offenders. In some townships police have even gone as far as posting the pictures of people arrested for DUI on the police station’s Facebook page.
Drinking while driving has the propensity to cause serious injuries and even death to motorists and pedestrians alike. As a personal injury lawyer I urge drivers to think before they drink. Prepare for your night ahead of time by having a designated driver or by taking a taxi home. If you or a loved one were injured due to the irresponsibility of a drunk driver, a Los Angeles car accident lawyer can provide you with legal assistance.