Compared to the same Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown last year-which this year started at 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 13 and ended at midnight on Thursday, December 26-arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were down. Officers in ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments, a campaign titled after the 38 participating county law enforcement agencies, made 597 DUI arrests this year, 97 fewer than last year. Drunk driving has fortunately not claimed any lives in Orange County yet either.
Drunk Driving Has Consequences Far Worse than a DUI
Nearly 10,000 people die each year in DUI crashes, about 27 people a day, or one person every 53 minutes.
More than 33 percent, or 3,371, of those killed in DUI accidents are not the drunk driver.
1,612 of the victims were passengers in the vehicles of drunk drivers, with children under the age of 15 years old accounting for 91 of the victims.
710 of the victims were pedestrians and bicyclists.
Drunk drivers accounted for 6,507 of the fatalities.
While the number of lives lost to drunk driving should be enough to deter us all from taking the wheel while intoxicated this New Year’s Eve, some inevitably will. With DUI checkpoints and roving DUI patrols scheduled until midnight on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, hopefully those who do will be caught before they cause any harm to themselves or others.