The Fourth of July weekend marks a time when Americans fire up the barbeques and toss back beers to celebrate America’s birthday. And on a weekend known to be one of the deadliest in terms of drunk driving, local law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California were out in full force to crackdown on drunk drivers.
Both DUI arrests and traffic fatalities are down from last year. Either people opted to stay sober and/or stay off of the roads after their fireworks and drinks or the numbers reflect a shorter enforcement period this year than in 2014. This year’s enforcement period included 24 hours less than in 2014 because the 4th of July landed on a weekend.
During last year’s enforcement period for the Independence Day holiday weekend, 32 people were killed in traffic collisions throughout California. Los Angeles saw six deaths last year. California Highway Patrol arrested 1,343 drunk drivers in 2014.
This year, however, only 26 people were killed in traffic collisions throughout California and 930 people were arrested for drunk driving. Los Angeles only saw two deaths.
San Diego also saw a decrease. Last year in San Diego, 87 people were arrested for driving under the influence. This year, however, only 53 people were arrested.