DUI STATISTICS FOR THE NATION

THE USA HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF TRAFFIC DEATHS IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD

DRUNK DRIVING IS THE #1 CAUSE OF DEATH ON OUR ROADS

EVERY 2 MINUTES SOMEONE IS INJURED IN A DUI CRASH

EVERY 51 MINUTES SOMEONE IS KILLED IN A DUI CRASH

DUI COST THE AVERAGE AMERICAN $199 BILLION/YEAR

30% OF ALL DRIVING FATALITIES/YEAR ARE DUE TO DUI

800 PEOPLE PER DAY ARE INJURED IN DUI ACCIDENTS

1 IN 4 DRIVERS TESTED POSITIVE FOR DUI IMPAIREMENT

CAR CRASHES ARE THE #1 CAUSE OF DEATH IN TEENAGERS

MORE THAN 4300 PEOPLE ARE KILLED DUE TO TEEN DUI

1 MILLION DRIVERS ARRESTED FOR DUI IN 2016

8110 TRAFFIC DEATHS IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2019

DUI STATISTICS FOR CALIFORNIA

CHP - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2019

- 30 HOUR PERIOD

1000+ DUI ARRESTS

21 FATALITIES

CHP - JULY 4TH HOLIDAY 2019

- 36 HOUR PERIOD

589+ DUI ARRESTS

12 FATALITIES

  • Latest figures put CA as the highest rate of drunk driving fatalities in the U.S.

  • DUI arrests in CA for 2019 are 20% HIGHER than 2018.

  • Pedestrian fatalities from DUI are 2.2% higher in 2019.

  • In 2017 of the 10,874 people killed nationwide by DUI drivers, 10.3% were in CA.

  • 31.1% of all CA fatalities are due to DUI. For context the National rate is 29.3%!!!

  • 31.4% are repeat offenders with a BAC of 0.08-0.14

  • 69.6% are repeat offenders with a BAC of 0.15+

  • 63,278 drivers were arrested in 2017 for drunkenness.  That’s 17% of National total! 

  • To be charged with a Felony DUI it has to be your Fourth Offense!!!

  • Ignition Interlocks are discretionary!

  • Enhanced penalties only precedent for BAC levels of 0.15

  • The DUI look-back period inclusive of a fatality is just 10 years.

  • California currently has NO 24/7 Sobriety Program Legislation.

CALIFORNIA DUI LAWS & SENTENCING

DUI is one of the most common criminal charges in California today. While DUI used to be treated as more of a simple traffic violation, today it is a serious criminal offense with accompanying penalties. In a state like California, many people rely on their car to get around, especially in suburban areas. Reliance on cars paired with strict DUI enforcement contributes to the shocking number of DUI arrests each year.

 

If convicted of driving under the influence in California, the penalties you’ll face depend on a number of circumstances. 

 

The facts of the case and characteristics of the offender—often categorized as “aggravating and mitigating factors”—normally come into play whether the conviction results from a plea bargain or jury verdict. But the maximum and minimum penalties a judge can impose are set by statute. 

 

In large part, these allowable sentencing ranges depend on the number of prior DUI convictions the defendant has.  In California, a DUI counts as a prior conviction for ten years. So, a DUI that occurred more than ten years ago disappears for purposes of determining whether a current DUI is a second or subsequent offense. 

 

So, how much does a DUI cost? California DUI fines range from $390 to $5,000 plus penalty assessments & fees that can raise the total cost to $18,000, depending on your DUI charge. DUI with injury or property damage may also require you to pay injured parties

BELOW ARE TWO CHARTS, ONE THAT SUMMARIZES CALIFORNIA DUI PENALTIES, SENTENCES AND COSTS, AND ONE THAT EXAMINES MORE OF THE DETAILS.