From 1,132 DUI deaths in 2007 to 1,029 in 2008, the DUI death rate since its high point in 2005, has dropped 21%. Alcohol impaired deaths make up the biggest category of total traffic fatalities, but even total fatalities have been down. The decrease in DUI deaths are thought to be the result of education from MADD and other safety advocates as well as enforcement through DUI checkpoints. Children are being taught from a young age about the dangers of drinking and driving and are remembering the message.
In the study, motorcycle deaths were found to be increasing, however. Now local governments are trying to target motorcycle drivers and teach them road safety.
Even though DUI deaths have gone down, the government says it will stop education and enforcement programs only when the number has gone down to 0.
I think it is great that the rate of DUI deaths has gone down in California. I feel that the government and safety advocates have been properly spreading the message of safe driving and driver responsibility. Whether you live in Orange County, Los Angeles County or Riverside County, if you have been charged with a DUI, an experienced California defense attorney will help you get through the legal process.
If you have any questions about driving under the influence, manslaughter or about your own charges, please call Orange County defense attorney William Weinberg, at 949.474.8009 (Irvine office) or 714.834.1400 (Orange office).