Some of the worst cities for drunk driving crashes resulting in fatalities and injuries can be found in Orange County. Each year, the California Office of Traffic Safety compares the rates of traffic fatalities and injuries in cities with populations of a similar size. Cities with numerous collisions receive high rankings from the agency, with 1st place being the worst. Year after year, several Orange County cities have placed among the worst in the state for fatal and injury crashes involving drunk driving.
“Despite significant investment in measures to address the problem, the consequences of drinking and driving continue to devastate families in the area,” said an auto accident attorney in Orange County.
In 2010, Newport Beach and Orange placed higher than all the cities in their population groupings for fatal and injury alcohol-involved crashes: Orange ranked 1st out of 53 cities with populations ranging from 100,001 to 250,000; Newport Beach ranked 1st out of 103 cities with populations of 50,001 to 100,000. Other areas that scored poorly include Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, placing 5th and 4th out of 53 cities, respectively; and Santa Ana, which ranked 3rd out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000.
The efforts of state officials and law enforcement in the county to remedy the problem have effected change in recent years. Grants from the Office of Traffic Safety have enabled police and California Highway Patrol officers to conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols on weekend nights and holidays—peak times for impaired driving. Such measures have contributed to a continuous decline in fatal, alcohol-related collisions from 2006 to 2010. Hopefully, this trend will continue.
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