Every 90 seconds someone is injured from an alcohol-related crash in America. Every 51 minutes someone dies in a DUI related traffic collision in the United States. Los Angeles Police Officers arrested 14,707 intoxicated drivers in 2012. There were 2,087 DUI traffic collisions in Los Angeles last year where 16 people who lost their lives in an impaired driving collision.
This year Burbank Police, CHP, LAPD and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) all teamed up together tp help urge the public to not drink and drive.
The press conference was spearheaded by Burbank resident and LAPD Detective, William Bustos of the Valley Traffic Division who brought the departments together as one to fight the potential tragedy.
As Burbank citizens can remember only months ago, the driver of the vehicle that claimed five young lives was close to twice the legal limit the morning of the accident.
Det, Bustos reminded residents “No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue. But for those who consume alcoholic beverages in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is often the case.”
Burbank Captain Ron Caruso spoke at the press conference and restated the need for people to be responsible and reminded everyone that AAA is ready to help anyone with a free seven mile tow.
“The Los Angeles Police Department wants everyone to celebrate this New Year’s Eve responsibly to avoid becoming a D.U.I. statistic. We ask that you drive sober or you will be pulled over. If you become intoxicated, do not get behind the wheel of a car or motorcycle. Use a designated driver. Use public transportation. Do not let the LAPD be your designated driver! Do not welcome the New Year in jail!” said Det. Bustos.