DUI deadly crashes increasing statewide


REDDING, Calif. - The number of deadly crashes involving a driver under the influence (DUI) is increasing statewide according to the latest report by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

The report shows that in 2014, in California, there were 882 deadly crashing involving drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above .08. In 2013 there were 867 deaths and in 2012 there were 802 deaths.

Charles Horner, with Cascade Circle which is a DUI program, said the number of DUI arrest has actually can down over the last few years.

"The standard we saw, the normal arrests, were in the 1200 to low 1300 in the late 90s and we've seen some declines. But most of it's been steady from 700 to 800 in the last three to four years,"he explained.

According to the 2015 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System, which is sent by the DMV, in 2011 there were 1,109 DUI arrests in Shasta County. Then in 2012 there were 1,098 arrest and in 2013 there were 920 DUI arrests.

He explained so for 191 people have enrolled in his program. The program is to help DUI offenders get their license privileges back.

Horner said that when the number of DUIs go down so does business and it has a negative impact.

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