When we tuck our kids in at night, one of the last threats to their safety
we’d expect are the cars passing by our house. Drunk drivers, however, are unpredictable and wrecks involving them—and more recently them and houses—are prevalent in Orange County. Just days after Christmas, a drunk driver who had a prior conviction for DUI and another case pending slammed into a home in Mission Viejo, killing the man sleeping inside. Then, early this morning, a Costa Mesa family suffered a similarly nightmarish situation when a Volkswagen Golf crashed into their home, injuring the mother. Had the car struck just a few feet over, it could have claimed their boy’s life, reported the Los Angeles Times.
For a city its size, Costa Mesa is the 2nd worst in California for fatal and injury DUI crashes, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol-involved accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 86 people in the city that year. Neighboring Huntington Beach earned the worst ranking for such accidents. Anyone who lives in Orange County knows that the high concentration of bars, clubs, and restaurants serving alcohol in these two cities are likely contributing factors to their drunk driving problem.
As was the case in the two horrible accidents in Orange County, the victims are often not the drunk drivers, with passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists accounting for 3,371 of the people killed in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
We hope these cities and others like them take greater measures to combat drunk driving and protect the families living in their communities.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man whose life the drunk driver took in Mission Viejo. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the mother who was injured in Costa Mesa.
To learn more about the drunk driving problem in these cities and throughout Orange County, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our website, www.allenflatt.com.