Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States due to traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 70% of accident deaths in the United States were due to some type of DUI intoxication. These accidents not only harm the drivers and passengers involved, but also their loved ones, friends, and communities.
Which California cities have the most DUI accidents?
California is one of the states with the most inhabitants and the most vehicles in the country, which poses a greater risk of traffic accidents. Within California, there are two cities that are characterized by high levels of traffic unsafety related to DUI: Sacramento and Fresno.
According to a study conducted by the company SellMax, based on the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Sacramento and Fresno are in eighth and third place, respectively, among the ten cities with the most fatal accidents by DUI in the United States. In Sacramento, there were 70 deaths in DUI accidents, while in Fresno, there were 93 deaths for the same reason.
What steps can be taken to prevent DUI accidents?
DUI accidents are preventable if proper precautions are taken, such as:
1. Plan ahead how to get home after a party or a night out. You can assign a sober driver, call a taxi or ride-sharing service, or stay overnight.
2. Avoid consuming alcohol or drugs if you are going to drive. The legal blood alcohol limit for driving in California is 0.08%, but even a small amount can impair reaction time and judgment.
3. Do not allow friends or family to drive if they are intoxicated. They can be offered another form of transportation or convinced to stay where they are until the effect wears off.
4. Respect traffic laws and regulations. Wear your seat belt, respect speed limits, keep a safe distance from other vehicles, and avoid distractions such as cell phones or music.
5. Report to the authorities if you see someone driving erratically or suspiciously. You can call 911 or the local emergency number and provide the vehicle description, license plate, and location.