100 law enforcement agencies made dui arrests over the Memorial Day.
Over 529 dui arrests were made in Los Angeles County over the Memorial Day weekend according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. California Highway Patrol reported over 35 DUI arrests in Orange County and statewide
1133 people in California were arrested for DUI during the long weekend. Locally, dui checkpoints were set up along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. CHP also reported 15 fatalities in the state.
Five Newport Beach teenagers were killed in a firery crash on Memorial Day An Infiniti sedan carrying the teenagers veered off a road near Newport Beach hit a tree, split in two and caught fire. Four passengers were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. The fifth teenager was partially ejected from the car and declared dead at a local hospital.
The southbound direction of U.S. 101 near San Mateo was closed for about two hours on Sunday following a fatal crash, with traffic being diverted to city surface streets. A car whose driver had been drinking crashed into a party bus. The driver was critically injured and his wife was killed. Nine others hospitalized with minor-to-moderate injuries, authorities said. The Honda coupe slammed into the center divider of U.S. 101 before it came to a stop facing oncoming traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. After the Honda stopped, the front end of the party bus, which had 18 people on board, hit the disabled car. Two other cars were also involved in the collision.
The bus was equipped with seatbelts, but it is unknown how many of the passengers were wearing them at the time of the crash. California law does not require bus occupants to wear seatbelts.
Memorial Day also kicked off the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Click It or Ticket” nationwide safety belt enforcement campaign. The NHTSA campaign is responsible for contributing to the highest national safety belt usage rate of 85 percent. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that last year over 320 people survived lat year’s Memorial Day holiday car and truck crashes because they wore seat belts. The NSC estimates that over 400 deaths and over 39,000 injuries resulted from motor vehicle accidents over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.