I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville personal injury lawyer. Police forces across the county will be coming out in numbers as of Friday, December 15, 2017, in order to apprehend drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs and alcohol as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign will last 18 days and aims to act as both a preventative and active force in reducing holiday DUIs.
Vacaville Police Department (VPD) will be kicking off their portion of the campaign with a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city on the first night of the campaign. City police officers will also be taking part in DUI saturation patrolling on Saturdays as well as on New Year’s Eve.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP), as well as the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, will be cooperating with city police departments across the county in order to aid in the success of the campaign. These organizations will all be assisting with the campaign by running checkpoints, adding additional officers to patrols, and keeping a sharp eye out for drivers who seem intoxicated.
This enforcement campaign effort is being supported in part by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
DUI in Vacaville
Driving under the influence is a huge problem in the United States and the NHTSA estimates that around one-third of all auto accident deaths are caused by intoxicated drivers. In Vacaville, there have been over 258 total collisions involving traumatic injuries caused by drunk drivers since 2009.
Of those accidents, 10 involved fatal injuries, leading to the deaths of 12 individuals in total. This means that over 10 percent of injury accidents in Vacaville that involved alcohol were fatal. This number is especially alarming when compared to the fatality rate of injury collisions that did not involve alcohol, which is only 1.35 percent.
From these numbers, we can reasonably estimate that when alcohol is involved in Vacaville car accidents, vehicle occupants are around 7 times more likely to sustain fatal injuries than if alcohol was not a factor.
Recent Vacaville DUI Accident
One DUI accident that recently affected the Vacaville community occurred on Monday, July 31, 2017, when a local woman lost her life after her vehicle was broadsided at the intersection of Nut Tree and Marshall Roads.
Authorities reported that the man who hit her vehicle was intoxicated and that he had previously been arrested for DUI. You can read more about this accident here.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville personal injury lawyer. Drunk drivers can be held responsible for the damage they cause. If you’ve been hurt by one, contact me at (707) 564-1900 to receive friendly advice for free. I’m also available at (800) 404-5400.
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