December 12th Newport Beach Police released a statement that their officers were going to be hitting the streets hard to strengthen the enforcement of DUI patrols. The statement issued by the department states, “Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment drivers with specially trained officers available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.”
The statement goes on the give statistics on past crash reports that have been filed by the department. “Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol”.
It the state of California there was 803 deaths caused by drunk drivers in the year 2012. Nationally it was said that there were 10,000 people killed by drivers that chose to get in their vehicles after being impaired. Sgt. Michael Schaivi went on to say that, “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed three lives and resulted in 177 injury crashes harming 236 of our friends and neighbors.”
The department made it clear that if you are arrested for impaired driving you will be faced with jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed over $10,000. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to remind everyone to report anyone that is drinking and driving, or that you feel is driving under the influence, so that they can keep the roads safer.
No matter what you believe in, whether its fate or chance; you still never know what life is going to have in store for you. That is why people need to take responsibility and not drive while they are under the influence. The people always think “that will never be me”, but you never know what life if going to throw at you. Some people have suffered from the irresponsibility of a few. On the chance that you do come into a collision with an impaired driver, and you sustain injuries; make sure you contact a local Newport Beach car accident attorney.