Two people were killed on Orange County highways in the first 60 hours of the Christmas holiday reporting period, the California Highway Patrol reports. According to a City News Service article, last year, there were no deaths reported in Orange County during the Christmas holiday weekend. This year, however, was a different story. Officers arrested 39 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence in Orange County compared with 24 in 2016.
More DUI Arrests This Year
In Los Angeles County, three people were killed on the highways during a 78-hour period that made up this Christmas holiday reporting period. In Los Angeles, that was a significant decrease compared with the 13 people who died last during the same holiday weekend period. Statewide as well, the death total came down.
This year, 27 people died on roads patrolled by the CHP as opposed to 36 in 2016. Arrests statewide for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were up almost 300 from last year. This year’s arrests totaled 917 as opposed to 621 during the same period in 2016. The reporting period began at 6:01 p.m. Friday Dec. 22 and ended Monday Dec. 25 at 11:59 p.m.
Looking Ahead to New Year
The holiday season is, however, far from over. The New Year’s weekend is yet another time when DUI injuries and fatalities tend to spike. If you are planning to attend a party this year, make sure you designate a driver way ahead of time or schedule a cab or rideshare vehicle to pick you up at a certain time. It’s even better if you take a cab or Uber round-trip so you are not tempted to try and drive on your own after the party. If your party is at a hotel, book a room so you can stay over and leave the following morning.
If you have been drinking, do not drive even if it’s just a couple of blocks. Remember that walking while drunk can be equally dangerous. Do not take public transportation or walk alone if you are inebriated. Have a sober friend walk you if you must go home. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 right away. You may be saving lives. If you have been injured in a DUI crash, contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.