San Diego (KUSI) – DUI-related fatalities are skyrocketing at a record pace across San Diego County, officials said Tuesday, marking this year’s total as the deadliest DUI in 20 years.
Local prosecutors and law enforcement officials said 35 people were killed in this year’s drunk driving accident, already higher than last year’s total. In 2020, 33 people died. This was the worst year in San Diego County, dating back more than 20 years, despite the COVID-19 pandemic reducing the number of drivers on local roads. The county typically kills an average of about 15 to 20 people a year from drunk driving.
Non-fatal drunk driving has declined this year, but officials say drivers are driving more and more while they are under the influence of both alcohol and drugs and the amount of alcohol in the system is increasing. According to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, drunk drivers arrested in the county this year had an average blood alcohol content of .18%, more than double the California statutory driving restrictions.
As part of efforts to curb this trend, DA’s office will receive a $ 530,600 grant from the Road Safety Authority this year to prosecute a drunk driving murder case. The grant also supports training for local law enforcement agencies and drunk driving prevention and awareness campaigns at local schools, military bases and universities.
Law enforcement also said law enforcement will carry out additional drunk driving checkpoints to catch more disabled drivers in the law, but California Highway Patrol Borders Chief Omar Watson said: It states that. “
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said Tuesday drivers are aware of the risks of drunk driving.
Stephan said this is part of the reason these cases are being investigated more often as potential murders.
“This is not an accident,” Stephan said. “It is intentional action that innocent people die.”
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan joined KUSI’s Logan Byrnes in Good Evening San Diego to discuss an increase in drunk driving-related fatalities.
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