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DMV Announces New Report on DUI in California

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that its annual report highlighting a wide range of information on Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in California, from arrests, convictions, court sanctions, and fatalities in alcohol and drug related crashes is now available online.

The 2012 California DUI Management Information System report tracks the processing of offenders through the DUI system from the point of arrest through conviction and license control actions.

Among the Report’s key findings:
• Alcohol/drug-involved crash fatalities decreased by 15.2% in 2010
• 195,879 people were arrested for DUI in 2010
• The median age of a DUI arrestee in 2010 was 30 years
• 77.2% of 2009 DUI arrests resulted in convictions
• The greatest number in DUI fatalities in crashes remains alcohol related, but drug involved fatalities rose by 63% during the past decade

The report found when drugs are involved in fatal crashes the number of fatalities rose from 428 in 2000 to 696 in 2010. A total of 1,416 people were killed in crashes in 2010 in which alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

The report also found that the number of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 involved in alcohol related fatal and injury crashes increased from years 1999 to 2009. But it did show that the number of drivers under age 18 involved in the same types of crashes decreased over the decade.

The annual DUI-MIS data system and report has led to numerous improvements in the California DUI system. The report made changes to the identification of inappropriate reporting of DUI conviction information from courts to the DMV and created major initiatives to improve the tracking and reporting of DUI cases.

To read the full findings of the DUI-MIS report log onto dmv.ca.gov and look under studies and reports.

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