California drivers may realize that driving under the influence is a dangerous action that can cause serious and sometimes deadly consequences. On April 25, a driver suspected of driving under the influence was involved in a wrong-way driving collision just south of Yuba City. Highway 113 near Schlagle Road was the scene of this fatal weekend crash in which one of the vehicles involved caught fire.
Four people were injured in a collision in Contra Costa County on Jan. 6. Police were not sure what caused the head-on crash that left a portion of Byron Highway closed in both directions for over an hour.
California motorists may benefit from reviewing some of the most recent traffic safety data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the NHTSA, during 2012, California realized the second-highest motor-vehicle fatality total of any state in the country, trailing only Texas. The 2,857 people who died in California from car accidents during 2012 represents a 1.5 percent increase from 2011. In Texas, nearly 3,400 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents during 2012.