20 of the biggest cities in the United States were ranked and San Diego came out first in the largest percentage of drivers with alcohol-related driving convictions, according to a New York Criminal Lawyer. Next in line were San Jose, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
San Diego police told a New York Criminal Lawyer that the high rank is not due to a higher incidence of drunk driving, but due to the department’s aggressive approach to enforcing laws against drunk driving. They also apply for grants from both state and federal sources to hold DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols several times a year.
California has had a long history, both with driving under the influence and with efforts to put an end to it. A 13-year-old girl was hit by a drunk driver in 1980 as she was walking to a school carnival in Fair Oaks, California. The girl was struck hard enough to knock her out of her shoes and she ended up, dead, 125 feet from the point of impact. The driver fled the scene, only to have his wife turn him in when he tried to hide his damaged car from her, MADD told a New York Criminal Lawyer.
The girl’s mother used the tragedy to rally people against drunk driving, founding MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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