Police in California believe that holidays are the biggest times for drunk drivers to be on the roads. Some even believe that Thanksgiving is the biggest time of year for driving under the influence. In response to this, police add additional surveillance during these periods.
This year, it seems that Thanksgiving DUI in California is on the decline. The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that there were zero DUI traffic accidents this Thanksgiving in L.A. this year and only 2 traffic deaths in the entire state. From 6 p.m. Wednesday night to 6 a.m. Friday morning, only two people lost their lives in traffic accidents in the entire state of California and neither of those accidents occurred in Los Angeles. This is big news because L.A. County typically has the most DUI related accidents in the state. The statistics given in this article did not, however, list whether either of the fatal accidents were caused by alcohol or drug intoxicated drivers.
While there were no fatalities, 81 people were arrested for suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles County over Thanksgiving. This is roughly 20% of the total number of arrests in California of 401 during the same period. These numbers are down from last year when 0 fatal accidents and 118 DUI arrests occurred in Los Angeles County over Thanksgiving and 6 deaths and 455 arrests for suspicion of DUI occurred in the state of California.
The important thing to take away from this information is that the number of DUI arrests decreased as did the number of fatal traffic accidents. In many circumstances, people believe that a decrease in DUI arrests means there was less police enforcement that year. The fact that the number of fatalities also decreased shows that drivers are being safer and choosing not to drink and drive.