Due to a significant problem with drunk driving injuries in Huntington Beach, the Huntington Beach City Council and Police Department are considering a policy of publicly shaming drunk drivers on Facebook.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “A July report by the city said there is ‘a significant DUI problem in Huntington Beach,’ citing 274 alcohol-related collisions and 1,687 drunk-driving arrests last year — one of the highest rates statewide for a city its size.”
This is a major concern as we all know the risk that drunk drivers pose to not only other drivers and pedestrians, but also to themselves. The theory seems to be that the threat of injury, severe fines and possible jail or prison time are not enough and that the fear of a public ridicule on Facebook may help prevent drunken driving injuries in Huntington Beach.
Our office has been handling automobile injury cases in the greater Los Angeles area for over 30 years. Over this time, many clients have come to us due to injuries suffered as a result of a drunk driver. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, we recommend that you call 911 immediately. If you are in an accident and suspect that the driver of the other vehicle may be under the influence, make sure to tell the responding police officer to conduct a field sobriety test on the other person. This is not the time to be shy because the proper proof may make or break your case. Without the police documenting the other driver’s impairment, the other driver (or insurance company) will probably deny it in the future, which will negatively impact your claim. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a drunk driver, call our office toll free at (866) 465-8792, because you need proper representation to get the justice that you deserve.