2021 Christmas DUI Statistics California Highways, Freeways and Roads

Holiday DUI Statistics California Highways, Freeways and RoadsCHP Arrests One DUI Driver Arrested Every 5 Minutes in Christmas 2020

Last Christmas some California drivers were not just naughty, they were outright dangerous, DUI and drunk.

Indeed, drunk and reckless driving poses a serious threat to every motorist on our highways, freeways and roads.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested on average statewide one DUI driver every five minutes starting at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and ending at midnight on Christmas Day in 2020, according to CHP officials.

CHP patrol officers arrested some 318 people during the first 30 hours of its maximum enforcement period. However, by the end of the 78-hour holiday enforcement period there were 573 DUI arrests and at least 38 people were dead on California roadways.

CHP officers will once again start a maximum enforcement period at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24th, 2021 through midnight to check drivers who may be impaired or driving above the speed limit.

A similar effort will take place for New Year’s beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31st.

Shop Early to Avoid Traffic Nightmare Before Christmas

 2021 Holiday DUI Statistics California Highways, Freeways and RoadsFamilies hoping to avoid the holiday rush may want to travel on December 23rd, according to a study based on 2019 holiday traffic by Cambridge Mobile Telematics. CMT notes in its report that congestion, speeding and other distractions are at their lowest point. The company used data from its DriveWell platform to determine which days around the holidays have the highest number of distracted drivers, traffic congestion and drivers who speed.

The study, based on 2018 data, also found that Thurs. Dec. 20 was the most dangerous day to drive. Also, the most traffic congestion happened on Friday, Dec. 21. Meanwhile, the speediest drivers were on the road between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Christmas Day. This year these dangerous days may shift because Christmas falls on a different day of the week, but it’s safe to say the days before Christmas will present more traffic congestion and collisions.

MADD Safety Tips for the Holidays

  • Put safety before the party, plan ahead and always designate a non-drinking driver
  • Never take a ride with someone who is impaired
  • Choose to be the non-drinking designated driver
  • Host parties that include mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages. Provide alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who choose to drink

Johnson Attorneys Group has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Our legal team is here to help if you have legal questions following a California traffic accident, please contact us as soon as possible.

James Johnson

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