Over the Independence Day Weekend, the California Highway Patrol made 69 DUI arrests in Orange County, 18 more than the previous year. In addition, there was one alcohol-related fatality, whereas no one was killed during the 2010 holiday weekend. As with in previous years, all CHP officers were on duty, patrolling the highways for drunk drivers, speeding motorists, and unbelted occupants from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1st to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4th. Statewide, CHP officers arrested 1,438 people on suspicion of driving under the influence and there were 23 alcohol-related fatalities over the last holiday weekend, explains an Orange County car accident attorney.
The incidence of drunk driving and other dangerous driving behaviors tends to peak during long holiday weekends. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 473 deaths on Memorial Day Weekend, 468 on New Year’s Weekend, and 410 on Fourth of July Weekend. The California Office of Traffic Safety urges motorists to report drunk drivers by calling 911. Indicators that a driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol include wide turns, straddling the center of the road or lane marker, and weaving or zigzagging across the road. Visit the OTS’s website for additional suggestions for how to spot a drunk driver.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish you a safe summer.
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