Northern Counties See Highest Increase in DUI Arrests

KTLA reports that an analysis of California Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System revealed that the total number of DUI crashes resulting in injury or fatalities from 2018 to 2022 showed fewer incidents in Southern California as compared to Northern California.

Topping the list of the most dangerous out of California’s 58 counties was Mendocino County, where a total of 2,552 crashes involved at least one intoxicated motorist. The data shows that 515 of those crashes ended in one or more fatalities.

Other counties include Calaveras County, Plumas County, Trinity County, and Amador County.

While the LAPD recently reported that DUI incidents were on the rise by 32%, the study and analysis showed that Los Angeles County had one of the lowest percentages of deadly crashes, rating 55th out of 58.

While Los Angeles County did have the highest number of crashes, (363,303) between 2018 and 2022, the number of fatalities was 32,205, or under nine percent.

Orange County rated just above Los Angeles County at 54th out of 58, with 9.76 percent or 8,372 of 85,791 crashes involving an intoxicated motorist and a fatality.

The California Highway Patrol advises that the safest way to report a driver believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs is to have a passenger call 911 if possible. If a motorist is alone when witnessing a possible drunk driver, pull over or use a hands-free device to call 911 dispatchers to alert law enforcement.

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