ORANGE COUNTY, California — The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays for motorists on our busy roadways, but as they are heading out to parties and beaches throughout the county the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has prepared for the revelry by stepping up its enforcement and cracking down on drunk drivers, according to a OCSD press release.
Last year during the Fourth of July weekend there were 69 people arrested for driving under the influence, an increase over the prior year, according to a report in the Orange County Register. Leobardo Montes, 43, of Santa Ana was killed and six others injured on July 4, 2011 and when his vehicle struck a light pole on the 55 connector to the 22 Freeway, the CHP reported.
The Sheriff’s Department will be out in full force starting today and into the weekend as many people will be taking much of the week off for the holiday, a department release said.
The department will have several DUI checkpoints throughout the county and will have a zero tolerance policy toward drunk drivers, the release said.
California DUI Statistics
In California there have been 791 fatalities as the result of drunk driving this year, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The report said 29 percent of all traffic deaths so far this year have been the result of a drunk driver.
The state currently ranks 21st in the country for DUI related accidents. The system starts its ranking at 1 which is the state with the lowest percentage DUI accidents to 51 (Washington D.C. included).
Although California is in the better half of the ranking system the state has some of the highest total number of DUI accidents because of the large population.
The number of DUI accidents is down by 14 percent compared to the previous year, the report said.
“Despite the enhanced enforcement measures by the Sheriff’s department there will still be many drunk drivers on the road this holiday,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Families should be able to enjoy the Independence Day holiday without having to worry about irresponsible people getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking.”
If you are driving home after a party or from watching a fireworks display remember to be extra cautious and report any drivers you believe are under the influence to the police, Seegmiller said.
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