CHP Says No Drunk Driving Fatalities in Orange County this New Years Eve!

This New Year's Eve, Orange County, CA escaped with no drunk driving fatalities.  However, according to police, arrests for drunk driving increased.  The California Highway Patrol arrested 71 people under suspicion of drunk driving this year, up from 57 arrested last year.  While Orange County was celebrating not having any drunk driving fatalities, statewide, California had 41 car accident fatalities, the highest total since 2005. Of the 41 in total, 22 were from side streets, including 1 bicyclist, 16 motorists and passengers, and 2 pedestrians.  8 of those passengers and motorists were not wearing their seat belts. 

These totals represent a marked increase from last year's totals and even a significant increase over the past 5 years. Statewide, 1405 people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, representing yet another increase over the years.  Why the increase in drunk driving cases?  Are that many people willing to take their lives and the lives of others into their hands? Are police becoming better at catching drunk drivers? What is clear is an emerging trend towards drunk driving on the traditionally booziest night of the year.

The Risks of Drunk Driving

Over the years, we've seen a marked increase of advertising outlining the risks of drunk driving.  In fact, the California Highway Patrol has actively campaigned against "buzzed" driving as well, the condition where people get into the car after a drink and feel a bit loose.  What may not be connecting with people is the dangers of drunk driving are usually to others because drunk drivers often survive with minor injuries. Drunk drivers could cause the following injuries:

  • broken bones
  • organ damage
  • tissue damage
  • severe burns
  • paraplegia and quadriplegia 
  • death
In addition to these life altering injuries, drunk drivers could severely injure themselves.  If caught, they also face jail time, fines, and severe penalties. 

If You Have Been Injured In a Drunk Driving Accident

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, your entire life could change. You could face lasting injuries which could potentially require years of therapy and rehabilitation.  These injuries could drain you of your savings and impact your ability to make a living.  If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney.  You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and by consulting with a skilled personal injury attorney today, you can find out if you have a case.