DUI convictions carry serious penalties in the state of California, with potentially long-lasting effects on your personal and professional future. If you have been charged with a DUI in the greater Los Angeles or Orange County areas of California, including Long Beach, Lakewood, Irvine, Huntington Beach, CA, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI defense attorney to help you protect not only your driving privileges but also your future opportunities. You can get the help you need by calling me at the McCready Law Group today.
DUI Statistics in California
Though the number of DUI arrests has been on the decline in some states, the numbers themselves can still bring a sobering reminder of the realities of drunk driving. According to CDC statistics, 1.8% of California’s 26+ million licensed drivers admit to driving after drinking too much, which amounts to more than 468,000 impaired drivers. That’s a staggering number of potentially drunk drivers on California roads. Here in Southern California, the numbers are even more surprising:
- Nearly a quarter of 2013 California DUI arrests took place in Los Angeles County
- Four counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino) combined for more than 45% of all DUI arrests in California
These numbers show that, though drunk driving is a state-wide issue, it occurs far more often here in our immediate area. With the car accidents, devastating injuries, and fatalities that can result from drunk driving, the DUI statistics in California (and specifically the greater Los Angeles area) continue to draw close scrutiny and being arrested on DUI charges can lead to severe consequences.