Orange County DUI Car Accident Facts & Statistics

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Orange County DUI Car Accident Facts & Statistics

Auto accidents can happen at any time and to just about any commuter, and due to the surge in usage of apps like Uber & Lyft DUI incidents seem to be reducing. However, serious injuries and deaths are inevitable when there is an auto accident involving a person who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Recently, this was the case for one victim, who lost his life as a passenger in a vehicle according to the OC Register. The crash occurred shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday August 18, 2018 and happened near the Irvine Spectrum. Some of the details remain unknown but it is alleged that the driver was not only intoxicated, but was driving at very high speeds when he crashed into a metal pole. The victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which caused him to be ejected from the vehicle, according to the report. The driver has been arrested after being treated from serious injuries at a local hospital.

Unfortunately, incidents like this are not uncommon in Southern California. In this article we’ve compiled data, information and statistics on DUIs and related car accidents in Orange County from numerous sources in order to help educate the public about when, where & how impaired driving impacts residents and drivers.

Accidents Involving Drunk Drivers Causing Injury or Death in Orange County

From 2009 to 2015, injuries or deaths caused by drunk drivers in Orange County was down 4%, but there were years in between with increases as high as 4.8%. During this same time period, the population of Orange County grew by ~21,500 or 0.6%.

  • 2015: 784
  • 2014: 840
  • 2013: 842
  • 2012: 41*
  • 2011: 798
  • 2010: 857
  • 2009: 817

Orange County DUI accident statisticsInformation compiled from data publicly available at the California Office of Traffic Safety. *Unknown data anomaly from 2012 which may reflect an error or difference in calculation or data collection method by the OTS.

Does Uber, Lyft & Ridesharing Reduce DUI Arrests and Accidents?

In May of 2018, Mercury News reported that major cities across California were reporting dramatic decreases in DUI arrests:
“…arrests had declined by 32 percent in San Diego, 28 percent in San Jose, 26 percent in Sacramento and 14 percent in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland area in the two years after ride sharing began in each of the areas.”

However, a study published in February 2018 by Dr. Sara F. Jacoby for the American Journal of Epidemiology found that while there are some instances of a decrease in auto accidents when a ride sharing company entered a city, provable changes in all injury accidents:

“For example, in Portland, Uber’s resumption was associated with a 61.8% reduction (95% confidence interval: 38.7, 86.4) in the alcohol-involved crash rate (an absolute decrease of 3.1 (95% confidence interval: 1.7, 4.4) alcohol-involved crashes per week); however, there was no concomitant change in all injury crashes.”

Although adoption of the technology is still growing rapidly, and there is evidence that DUI arrests have declined due to usage, the NHTSA reports that roughly 29 people still die every day caused by drunk driving. Unfortunately, drivers in Southern California can take as many precautions as they want to ensure that they are safe drivers, but the chances of encountering a drunk driver will always be present. As a driver, it’s important to make note of essential factors to consider in the event that you are hit by a drunk driver.

2017 DUI Checkpoints in Orange County

DUIBlock.com keeps a rolling count of when & where DUI checkpoints in Orange County occurred. We’ve isolated and complied the data from 2017 and are the results:

  • In 2017 there were a total of 114 DUI checkpoints in Orange County
  • Santa had the most DUI checkpoints in 2017 @ 14
  • The city of Orange had the second most DUI checkpoints in 2017 @ 12
  • Anaheim had the third highest DUI checkpoints in 2017 @ 10
  • San Clemente and Seal Beach were the lowest reported cities with only 1 DUI checkpoint each in 2017

 

City Location Date/Time
Lake Forest Undisclosed – City Limits 6pm To 2am – Fri Dec 29, 2017
Buena Park Beach Blvd and Melrose St 6pm To 3:30am – Fri Dec 29, 2017
Garden Grove Valley View St and Lampson Ave 9pm To 3am – Fri Dec 29, 2017
Huntington Beach Ellis Ave and Beach Blvd Fri Dec 22, 2017
Westminster Westminster Blvd and Beach Blvd Fri Dec 22, 2017
Fountain Valley Brookhurst St and Ellis Ave Fri Dec 22, 2017
Santa Ana W 1st St and S Flower St Area 9:30pm To 2:30am – Fri Dec 22, 2017
Newport Beach Santa Barbara Dr and Jamboree Rd Fri Dec 22, 2017
Irvine Michelson Dr and Jamboree Rd 8pm To 2am – Sat Dec 16, 2017
Irvine Irvine Blvd and Jamboree Fri Dec 15, 2017
Huntington Beach Goldenwest St – College Area Fri Dec 15, 2017
Fullerton Yorba Linda Blvd and N Placentia Ave Fri Dec 15, 2017
Placentia Undisclosed – City Limits 8pm To 2am – Fri Dec 15, 2017
Stanton Undisclosed – City Limits 7pm To 3am – Fri Dec 15, 2017
Tustin Undisclosed – City Limits Fri Dec 15, 2017
Anaheim La Palma Ave and Harbor Blvd 8pm To 3am – Fri Dec 15, 2017
Orange W Chapman Ave and Feldner Rd Area 9pm To 3am – Fri Dec 15, 2017
Santa Ana W 5th St Btwn N Harbor Blvd and N Fairview St 9:30pm To 2:30am – Sat Dec 9, 2017
Fullerton W Orangethorpe Ave and Brookhurst St Area Fri Dec 1, 2017
Irvine Culver Dr and Barranca Pkwy 8pm To 2am – Sat Nov 25, 2017
Santa Ana E 4th St and Poinsettia St N 7:30pm To 1:30am – Wed Nov 22, 2017
Laguna Niguel Saturation Patrols 6pm To 2am – Fri Nov 17, 2017
Huntington Beach Main St and Yorktown Ave 7pm To 3am – Fri Nov 17, 2017
Orange E Katella Ave and N California St 9pm To 3am – Fri Nov 17, 2017
Laguna Beach Undisclosed – City Limits 7pm To 3am – Fri Nov 10, 2017
Garden Grove Haster St and Garden Grove Blvd Sat Oct 28, 2017
Costa Mesa Newport Blvd and Broadway 8pm To 2am – Fri Oct 27, 2017
Mission Viejo Saturation Patrols Fri Oct 20, 2017
Anaheim Lincoln Ave and S State College Blvd 8pm To 3am – Fri Oct 6, 2017
Costa Mesa Undisclosed – City Limits Fri Sep 29, 2017
Irvine Bake Pkwy and Rockfield Blvd Area 8pm To 2am – Fri Sep 29, 2017
Fullerton Orangethorpe Ave and Harbor Blvd Fri Sep 22, 2017
Costa Mesa Baker St and Bear St 8pm To 2:30am – Fri Sep 22, 2017
Orange W Katella Ave West Of Glassell St 9pm To 3am – Fri Sep 15, 2017
Anaheim S Beach Blvd and W Ball Rd 8pm To 3am – Fri Sep 15, 2017
Rancho Santa Margarita Undisclosed – City Limits 7pm To 3am – Fri Sep 8, 2017
Placentia Yorba Linda Blvd and N Kraemer Blvd 8pm To 2am – Fri Sep 8, 2017
Lake Forest Undisclosed – City Limits 7pm To 3am – Fri Sep 8, 2017
La Habra E Lambert Rd and S Palm St 9:30pm To 3am – Fri Sep 1, 2017
Rancho Santa Margarita Antonio Pkwy and Meandering Trail Thu Aug 31, 2017
Laguna Beach Ca-1 and Aliso Way 9pm To 3am – Sat Aug 26, 2017
Huntington Beach Undisclosed – City Limits Fri Aug 25, 2017
Santa Ana Fairview St and W Willits St 9:30pm To 2:30am – Fri Aug 25, 2017
Tustin Red Hill Ave and Nisson Rd 7pm To 3am – Fri Aug 25, 2017
Garden Grove Undisclosed – City Limits 9pm To 3am – Fri Aug 25, 2017
La Habra Undisclosed – City Limits 9:30pm To 3am – Fri Aug 25, 2017
Brea W Imperial Hwy and S Brea Blvd 9pm To 3am – Fri Aug 25, 2017
Orange W Chapman Ave East Of Orange Fwy 9pm To 3am – Fri Aug 25, 2017
Fountain Valley Ellis Ave and Brookhurst St Sat Aug 19, 2017
Seal Beach Pch Fri Aug 18, 2017
Newport Beach Undisclosed – City Limits 8pm To 3am – Fri Aug 18, 2017
Mission Viejo Undisclosed – City Limits 7pm To 3am – Fri Aug 18, 2017
Anaheim W Lincoln Ave and Monterey St 8pm To 3am – Fri Aug 18, 2017
Irvine Culver Dr and Irvine Blvd Sat Aug 12, 2017
Orange N Tustin St and E Chestnut Ave 9pm To 3am – Fri Aug 11, 2017
Anaheim Brookhurst St and W Ball Rd Fri Aug 11, 2017
Fullerton E Chapman Ave and N State College Blvd Thu Aug 10, 2017
Santa Ana N Main St South Of W Santa Clara Ave 8:30pm To 2:30am – Fri Aug 4, 2017
Westminster Undisclosed – City Limits Sat Jul 29, 2017
Laguna Niguel Crown Valley Pkwy and Greenfield Dr 7pm To 3am – Fri Jul 28, 2017
Anaheim Brookhurst St North Of Ball Rd 8pm To 3am – Fri Jul 28, 2017
Orange W Katella Ave and N Manzanita St 9pm To 3am – Fri Jul 28, 2017
Santa Ana Warner Ave and S Standard Ave Sat Jul 22, 2017
Orange E Chapman Ave and S Yorba St Fri Jul 14, 2017
Buena Park Orangethorpe Ave and Valley View St Thu Jul 13, 2017
Santa Ana Warner Ave and Oak St 9:30pm To 2:30am – Sat Jul 8, 2017
Orange Tustin St And Katella Ave Fri Jun 30, 2017
Irvine Macarthur Blvd and Main St 8pm To 2am – Sat Jun 24, 2017
Newport Beach Undisclosed Location 8pm To 2am – Thu Jun 22, 2017
Huntington Beach Pacific Coast Highway At Magnolia St. Sat Jun 17, 2017
Anaheim Magnolia St. South Of Crescent Ave. 8pm To 3am Fri June 16, 2017
Garden Grove City Limits – Undisclosed Location 9pm-3am – Fri Jun 16, 2017
Santa Ana W 1st St and Broadway 9:30pm To 2:30am – Fri Jun 9, 2017
Garden Grove Chapman Ave and Euclid St Fri Jun 2, 2017
Dana Point Pch Btwn Del Obispo St and 5 Fwy 7pm To 3am – Fri Jun 2, 2017
Irvine Culver Dr and Barranca Pkwy 8pm To 2am – Sat May 27, 2017
Santa Ana W 5th St and Nantucket Pl 9:30pm To 2:30am – Sat May 27, 2017
Orange The City Dr S – The Outlets At Orange Area Fri May 19, 2017
Garden Grove Katella Ave and Dale Ave Fri May 19, 2017
Stanton Katella Ave and Beach Blvd 7pm To 3am – Fri May 19, 2017
Huntington Beach Pch 7pm To 3am – Fri May 19, 2017
Anaheim Lincoln Ave and Anaheim Blvd 8pm To 3am – Fri May 19, 2017
Santa Ana E Mcfadden Ave and S Linwood Ave 9:30pm To 2:30am – Fri May 12, 2017
Newport Beach Saturation Patrols – Newport and Laguna Beach Sat May 6, 2017
Laguna Beach Saturation Patrols Fri May 5, 2017
Newport Beach Saturation Patrols Fri May 5, 2017
Fullerton S Harbor Blvd and E Orangethorpe Ave Thu May 4th, 2017
Anaheim E Ball Rd Btwn State College Blvd and S East St 8pm To 3am – Fri Apr 28, 2017
Santa Ana Main St and W 20th St Sat Apr 22, 2017
Irvine Jamboree Rd and Michelson Dr Sat Apr 22, 2017
Orange E Katella Ave and N California St Fri Apr 21, 2017
San Clemente N El Camino Real and E Canada 6pm To 2am – Fri Apr 21, 2017
Costa Mesa Undisclosed – City Limits Fri Mar 24, 2017
Dana Point Undisclosed – Dana Point, San Clemente 7pm To 3am – Fri Mar 24, 2017
Santa Ana W 1st St and N Flower St 9:30pm To 2:30am – Fri Mar 24, 2017
Anaheim Ball Rd and Trident St 8pm To 3am -Fri Mar 17, 2017
Fullerton Saturation Patrols Fri Mar 17, 2017
Newport Beach Saturation Patrols Fri March 17, 2017
Santa Ana W 5th St and N Jackson St 9:30pm To 2:30am – Sat Mar 11, 2017
Mission Viejo Saturation Patrols 7pm To 3am – Fri Mar 10, 2017
Lake Forest Saturation Patrols 7pm To 3am – Fri Mar 10, 2017
Orange Chapman Ave and The City Dr S Fri Mar 10, 2017
Laguna Beach Saturation Patrols 8pm To 3am – Sat Feb 25, 2017
Orange E Katella Ave and N California St Fri Feb 24, 2017
Huntington Beach Beach Blvd and Slater Ave 7pm To 3am – Fri Feb 24, 2017
Costa Mesa Harbor Blvd and S Coast Dr 8pm To 2:30am – Fri Feb 24, 2017
Santa Ana W Warner Ave and S Flower St 9:30pm To 2:30am – Fri Feb 24, 2017
Newport Beach Saturation Patrols Weekend – Feb 17 – 20, 2017
Garden Grove Harbor Blvd and Trask Ave Sat Feb 11, 2017
Dana Point Saturation Patrols – Dana Point & San Clemente Fri Jan 27, 2017
Laguna Beach Saturation Patrols 8pm To 3am – Sat Jan 14, 2017
Santa Ana Bristol St and W Borchard Ave 9:30pm To 2:30am -Fri Jan 13, 2017
Laguna Niguel Aliso Creek Rd and Niguel Heights Blvd – School 7pm To 3am – Fri Jan 13, 2017
Brea E Lambert Rd and Ca-57 9pm To 3am – Fri Jan 6, 2017

Important Steps to Take After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver

  • Call 9-1-1. By contacting the local police station dispatch, you will ensure that the intoxicated driver is pursued and if possible, held accountable for the reckless behavior. Dispatch will also send out emergency personal such as fire and rescue and emergency medical services. Further law enforcement on the scene will help to ensure that your accident is properly documented.
  • Cooperate as much as possible with the responding officer. The corresponding officer should take a report of your versions of events. You may be able to ask the officer if you can read over the report to ensure that the report reflects your version of events as closely as possible. If possible you will want to retain a copy of this and if not readily available, find out when and where you can get a copy.
  • Collect as much evidence and information as you can. This can mean collecting the license plate and contact information of any other involved parties. It would also be a good idea to collect the contact information of any witnesses who may be able to corroborate with your version of events. If possible, attempt to take pictures of the scene and the vehicles involved. Pictures could include the damages, the road conditions and anything else that may have contributed to the incident.
  • Seek medical aid as soon as possible. Seeking medical aid can help prevent further ailments. It is also one of the most crucial parts of your case, should you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the intoxicated driver. While emergency medical services on scene will provide some level of care and even transport you to a hospital, it is important follow up and keep a running document trail of injuries and treatments.
  • Speak to a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A qualified Orange County personal injury lawyer will help guide you through your available options as well as help to ensure that your rights are being upheld. Cases involving drunk drivers can be complex. Aside from the possibility of the Orange County district attorney filing criminal charges, pursuing a civil court solution may be the only recourse you have. Make sure to find a lawyer that has significant experience with car accidents lawsuits.

EDITORIAL NOTE: After talking to numerous criminal defense attorneys in Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire we can also anecdotally report on consensus that DUI caseloads have been shrinking year over year for the last 2-3 years. Most attorney attribute Uber & Lyft to this decline. However, local DUI attorneys report that they are seeing an increase in marijuana related arrests due to a general misunderstanding from the public of current laws on possession & usage in public areas, and due to a lack of consistent & reliable marijuana DUI testing methodologies. We may expand on this in future a article.