About a thousand people a year die in alcohol-related accidents on California’s streets and highways, and that’s far too many, but the state with the highest percentage of DUI-related traffic fatalities is South Carolina. Figures recently published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tell us that 44 percent of the traffic fatalities in South Carolina in 2013 were alcohol-related. Utah has the lowest percentage; only 17 percent of that state’s traffic deaths are alcohol-related. In California, the figure has hovered at about 33 percent for the last several years. If you’re arrested for DUI in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California, it’s imperative to obtain legal counsel immediately. Call an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer at once if you’re arrested for DUI.

NHTSA statistics show that 335 of South Carolina’s 767 traffic deaths in 2013 were alcohol-related. South Carolina passed “Emma’s Law” in 2014. It requires the use of ignition interlock devices for first-time offenders convicted with a high blood alcohol content level. The devices require drivers to test their blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer device before the car will start. Total traffic fatalities in South Carolina fell 3.7 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.

“If people continue to drink and drive, we will continue to arrest them and our numbers will continue to rise,” State Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the South Carolina Highway Patrol told the Greenville Journal. California law enforcement officers would say the same thing, so California drivers really must avoid drinking before or while driving. If you’re arrested and charged with DUI in Orange County, a good DUI defense lawyer can fight aggressively on your behalf to discredit the prosecution’s case against you. If you’re charged with DUI, obtain the legal help you need and call an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer as quickly as possible.