Law enforcement offices throughout California spent this week patrolling for drunk drivers. The unusual middle-of-the-week July 4th Holiday meant that festivities, and drinking, were not contained to a single weekend. Authorities did not want to see an increase in drunk driving car accidents, so many law enforcement agencies stepped up their drunk driving saturation patrols for the entire week.
"Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes,'' said one police spokesperson. "Often, Fourth of July celebrations start during the day, but last well into the night - making the dangers from impaired drivers even higher at night."
Several drunk driving cases have made headlines in the Bay Area during the past few weeks, including the case of a San Jose woman who was sentenced for the DUI-accident death of a 79-year-old grandmother.
The 29-year-old San Jose woman was under the influence when she hit the grandmother last year. Authorities say that the woman's blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit when her SUV crashed through the grandmother's front yard. The grandmother was gardening at the time of the accident.
The San Jose woman will serve six years and eight months in prison. It has not been reported whether the family of the grandmother also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her.
Source: Monrovia Patch, "DUI Campaign Nets Nearly 500 Arrests," July 5, 2012