We all have responsibilities when we get behind the wheel to travel on California’s roadways. So long as we remain focused and drive defensively, we should have no trouble arriving at our destination safely. Unfortunately, in Kern County we have been experiencing something of a crisis. It seems that far too many people have been driving while intoxicated, which has led to some tragic events.
According to a Bakersfield Police Department sergeant, this year, the department has investigated six fatal drunk driving-related incidents and last year they had to tend to eight such fatal cases.
Moreover, a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving states that at present, there are around 12 DUI arrests every day, which translates to over 4,000 arrests annually. But that number only represents those who are being caught.
However, there is some good news. The BPD recently received a $415,000 grant that is to be used to help combat traffic fatalities. The BPD sergeant says that some of the money will be dedicated to monitoring drivers who have a history of driving while intoxicated. In addition, some of the funds will also go toward setting up stakeouts at locations where officers can watch out for known offenders and others who are impaired and driving.
The BPD should be applauded for making such a concerted effort to help keep us safe. But the police cannot catch every drunk driver. And sadly, there will likely be more fatal accidents in the future.
A catastrophic car accident can leave victims and their families devastated. Those who are seriously injured could suffer life-altering injuries. And in the case of fatal accidents, families are left to grieve and may even face financial hardships.
If you or a loved one was harmed in a drunk-driving related accident, an experienced personal injury attorney could represent your interests. The attorney could help you receive appropriate compensation from insurance companies or file a civil suit against those who were responsible for the accident occurring.
Source: Bakersfield Now, “Bakersfield police get $415,000 grant to help prevent traffic-related deaths,” Carol Ferguson, Oct. 5, 2016