According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.8% of California drivers report that they have driven after drinking too much. While this may sound like a small percentage, let’s put that into perspective. California had 26,199,436 licensed drivers in 2016. That means that 471,589 of those drivers got behind the wheel while intoxicated. These are just those that report having done this, so the actual number may be higher. In 2017, the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Annual Report stated that drunk driving fatalities in California increased by more than 16% in 2016 compared to the previous year.
The Palm Desert Patch reports that a woman suspected of DUI ran a traffic signal and rear-ended another vehicle, sending two people to the hospital.
Deputies were called to the scene at 4:44 p.m. to work a collision in the 52000 block of Eisenhower Drive in La Quinta.
According to the police, 55-year-old Margo Rose Addeo was traveling south on Eisenhower at the Calle Nogales intersection. She allegedly failed to stop at the intersection, slamming into the rear of another vehicle traveling in the same direction. That vehicle overturned.
Both the driver and the passenger in the second vehicle sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.
Addeo was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under the influence causing injury, and violation of probation. She was booked into the Indio jail.