On Saturday evening, a drunk driver traveling the wrong way on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach crashed into an SUV, sending it spinning into two other cars. The DUI accident left 5 people injured, two of whom had to be hospitalized. Police arrested the 23-year-old on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“Drunk driving is a serious problem in California,” remarked an Orange County car accident lawyer. “In fact, a recent study found that San Diego has the largest percentage of drivers with DUI convictions out of the entire country.”
Annually, 1.5 million people are arrested for impaired driving in California. One-third of those arrested have been convicted for the same offence before, prompting authorities to implement an ignition interlock device program for such drivers. Yesterday, Arnold Schwarzenegger approved a law that will allow judges to revoke the licenses of DUI offenders with three or more convictions for driving under the influence within the past decade. Hopefully, these measures will prove effective in decreasing the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from impaired driving each year.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish those who were injured in Saturday’s Long Beach DUI accident a full recovery.
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