DUI Crashes Claimed Lives of 50 People in the Golden State Over New Year Holiday
CALIFORNIA (Jan. 3, 2019) — Fifty people lost their lives in collisions involving a DUI driver over the extended New Year’s weekend this year, according to statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol.
The traffic accidents took place between 6:01 p.m. on Dec. 28 through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1. The deaths are up from 40 reported over the same period a year ago minus one day, but fewer than the 59 reported DUI deaths over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2018.
There were also 1,140 arrests statewide of drivers who were DUI over the 4-day holiday period ending on Jan. 1, 2019. This shows an increase compared to 936 arrested for impaired driving over the 78-hour holiday period a year ago.
“It is not comparable to last year’s, because this one was one full day longer,” a CHP spokeswoman said.
Those of us at Johnson Attorneys Group hope that you and your family had a safe New Year’s holiday.