How California Winters Affect DUI Arrests

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How California Winters Affect DUI Arrests

In many other states across the United States, winter DUIs are especially dangerous considering the fog, snow, low visibility, blizzard conditions, and ice on the roads. These dangerous conditions combined with the dangers of alcohol intoxication can easily result in increased accidents and fatalities.

While Southern California usually does not experience such significant weather changes (unless you’re up in the mountains for a ski trip or snow camping), there are still many winter considerations that must be addressed when talking about DUI arrests.

How is California affected by winter weather?

A couple of years ago, some towns in Orange County experienced a dusting of snowfall resulting from unusually cold weather and precipitation. While this is extremely rare, drivers that have never experienced this type of weather should be extra cautious when operating their vehicles.

Common wintertime considerations for OC drivers:

  • California drivers who are not experienced driving in low visibility conditions, rain, and fog
  • Slick roadways and lowered visibility associated with increased rainfall or fog
  • Increase in traffic, jams, and accidents on regular roadways
  • Increase darkness during daylights savings time
  • Cars that are unequipped for rainfall or wintery conditions that can occur
  • Increased distractions as drivers multi-task to get things completed before dark

While many of these may not seem dangerous, when combined with alcohol, they can be fatal. For example, a driver zipping through their usual traffic route after drinking may not pay attention to increased traffic, or they may not know how to handle their car when they slide on a slick freeway during a rainstorm.

Different seasons mean that drivers must prepare differently. While California does not generally experience severe weather changes, like nearby Oregon or parts of Southern Utah, there are still many things our drivers need to be careful of when behind the wheel of their car during this time of year.

Also, it's important to note that law enforcement are often on high alert for impaired drivers during the holidays – especially between November 23rd and January 1st!

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