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Suspected DUI crash a reminder of accident risk during holidays

Busy roads and festivities blamed on increase in DUI accidents in December

A suspected drunk driving accident in Alhambra is reminding Southern California residents of the dangers posed by drunk drivers during the holiday season. According to the Los Angeles Times, an allegedly drunk driver injured 13 people who had gathered to look at a Christmas lights display. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day typically sees an increase in the number of drunk driving accidents and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) says it will be focusing on catching such drivers during its Christmas enforcement period.

Group of onlookers hit

The Alhambra accident occurred December 14 when a 28-year-old man driving a truck crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck two parked cars that were occupied. The parked cars then plowed into a group of onlookers who were gathered to admire a Christmas lights display. Authorities say 13 people were injured, with one victim in intensive care, although all are expected to survive.

The driver has been arrested for drunk driving multiple times in the past. Furthermore, according to DMV records, his license had been revoked and he wasn’t supposed to be driving at all. He is currently being held in custody on suspicion of driving while impaired.

CHP increasing patrols

The crash is a reminder of the dangers posed by drunk drivers during the holiday season. Police say the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day presents a perfect recipe for an increase in traffic accidents. With more people traveling on the highways to visit loved ones and holiday celebrations giving rise to increased opportunities for drunk driving, December tends to be a dangerous month to be on the road. According to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, in December 2012 more than 800 people were killed by impaired drivers across the United States and over 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents annually.

In response to the risk, the CHP will be conducting a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) during the Christmas period across the state. Between December 24th and 28th officers will be out in force to crack down on impaired and other dangerous drivers. During last year’s Christmas MEP, the CHP arrested over 220 people for drunk driving.

Drunk driving accidents

While the holiday season should be a time of joy, as the above article shows it can also be a period of misfortune and sorrow for far too many Californians and their loved ones. Every time a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, he not only puts his own life at risk, but endangers the lives of every other person on the road.

Such reckless behavior should not go unpunished and those who have been injured by a drunk or negligent driver should reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. While no legal or financial claim can undo the pain and suffering caused by a drunk driver, potential compensation may be able to help cover medical and other expenses and also help prevent other families from suffering a similar fate.

Our founding attorney, Scott J. Corwin, has more than 30 years of experience in representing Car Accident victims in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and throughout the state of California.