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Sacramento: A Broke City becomes the DUI Capital of America

Accidents are expensive to life and property. According to Nerdwallet.com, accidents caused more than 10,322 deaths in 2012 alone. This was a staggering number of deaths caused only by drunken drivers. The accidents also resulted in a loss of life and property that amounted to more than a billion dollars. This financial burden was borne by states and tax payers and it has been increasing steadily.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also stated that some cities had a higher number of DUIs every year. Unfortunately for Sacramento citizens, the city happens to be the fourth California city to have the highest number of DUIs. But many people who live in this city know this is because this city hands out DUIs to people who do not deserve it! Police have been known to follow drivers home who did not violate any traffic laws, only drove 2 blocks, made it home without any incident, and still were given a DUI ticket!

DUIs Increasing Steadily

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Sacramento recorded 66 DUI-related deaths from 2010 to 2012. Local accident attorney Sacramento firms pointed out that this came to almost 0.1412 fatal car accidents per 1,000 Sacramento residents. This was a very high statistic and recent incidents have proved that. Perhaps the police should target drivers who are an actual threat to the public rather than drivers who are not.

Take for example the case of Sacramento Kings’ sideline reporter Kayte Christiansen. Although details about her arrest are unavailable, the reported was arrested and charged with a DUI on Monday night. In another unrelated case, State Senator Ben Hueso was charged with two cases of drunken driving, while San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested and charged with two counts of driving under the influence, and three felony weapons charges. Although these are unrelated incidents, they show an alarming inclination of DUIs in almost every strata of Sacramento society.

Prominent citizens like Christiansen and Hueso are usually recognized and caught quickly but ordinary citizens are often difficult to identify and catch. A salient case in question is the DUI that happened at Boxwood Way and Rockwood Avenue. According to police personnel, a drunken driver plowed into pedestrians on the road, killing them instantly. The driver lost control, went up the sidewalk, and hit two women and a child, who died on the spot.

Walking down the street can be dangerous! But the danger is really an apparition, what is real is how desperate California cities and the state for that matter are for additional sources of revenue.

Proactive Defenses

Since 2012, local authorities have stepped up statewide patrolling along dangerous highways to catch first-time and repeat DUI offenders. This has managed to bring down local fatalities and catch erring drunken drivers before accidents can happen. In fact, a special 18-day crackdown over the Labor Day weekend this year resulted in more than 442 DUI arrests. Hopefully they were already drunk and not parked in front of their home after being a model driver for 2 blocks!

The big problem is how desperate California is for funding.

A State that is Broke & Desperate

More than 17 county law enforcement agencies participated in the effort. Seeing how successful the program was, local authorities are planning additional Anti-DUI programs on Halloween and Thanksgiving every year. Local authorities are also collaborating with the judiciary to ensure that repeat offenders are tagged with hefty fines and jail time. The California Office of Traffic Safety has granted about $993,000 in funding to set up a special prosecutorial accident attorney Sacramento team. The team will work exclusively with repeat DUI offenders to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Hopefully Sacramento accident attorneys are not needed!