If you live in the state of California there are some DUI facts that you might be interested in.
In 2009 alone 950 people were killed in alcohol-related car crashes; however, this number is down from 1,025 the year before. An additional 25,914 people were injured in alcohol-related accidents which was also down from 28,463 in 2008.
The Office of Traffic Safety has become heavily involved in reducing these numbers even further by providing $5 million in grants to support sobriety checkpoints. This amount was increased to 2010 to $8 million that provided funding for 2,500 DUI checkpoints.
Of all traffic fatalities in the state, alcohol-related incidents accounted for 31 percent.
The state of California has a 79 percent conviction rate for DUI arrests. A new system was implemented in 2010 in four test counties for convicted first-time drunk drivers. These drivers will have ignition interlock devices installed in their cars for a period of at least five months. The four counties involved in this program are Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare.
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