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What the Statistics Say About DUI

How often are you driving down the freeway and you see someone who you were pretty sure was drunk, or at least driving dangerously? You’ve probably said to yourself, “I wish there was a CHP officer nearby to give this guy a ticket!”

Maybe you’ve said that about other drivers before, or perhaps this time that other driver was you.

If you were caught, whether you were driving dangerously or not, you might be another notch on the belt for California’sDUI crackdown, proudly brought to you by the Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Caltrans, and your local law enforcement, all of whom are closely collaborating to nail drunk drivers.

DUI Stats at a Glance

So, what do the numbers say about driving under the influence? Here are some of the latest statistics.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety:

  • About one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the country involve intoxicated drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater.
  • In 2013, over 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents.
  • In 2013, about 1 in 5 children who were killed in collisions died in drunk-driving crashes. Of those, 71% of the time the child’s driver was the one that was drunk.
  • In fatal crashes, men are more likely to be the drunk drivers than women.
  • Drunk driving happens more at night; half of all fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
  • In fatal crashes, motorcycle riders have the highest rate of alcohol impairment. Of all the motorcycle riders killed in 2013, 27% of them were under the influence.

What’s the DDVIP mobile app?

If you were arrested for DUI, you’re going to want a hard-hitting DUI attorney by your side, fighting to get your charges reduced, if not dismissed. In the meantime, whenever you do plan on drinking, be sure to designate a sober driver or arrange to call Uber, Lyft, or a cab.

If you have some friends that are willing to volunteer and drive, you should tell them about the DDVIP mobile app, created by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), which allows designated drivers locate bars and restaurants that offer incentives and rewards for DDs. The app is free and available for download for the iPhone and Android.

Call now to arrange a free consultation with a Board Certified DUI defense specialist!