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Holiday travelers jammed Los Angeles-area freeways as they returned home from family events, and the Los Angeles Times reports that 30 people lost their lives in California auto accidents over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend-an increase in fatal auto accidents over last year when 24 people lost their lives. Five of the fatalities occurred in Los Angeles County, but none of those took place in Orange County. One of the most deadly accidents occurred in Novato in Marin County when a speeding car ran a red light and crashed into a minivan with four family members, killing them all.

DUI Accident attorneyOfficers with the California Highway Patrol claimed they arrested around the same amount of drunk drivers for DUI compared to last year. Of the 1314 drivers arrested for DUI, 225 of those charges took place in Los Angeles County. However, this year’s California DUI statistics were down slightly from last year. In 2008, 1397 were arrested for drunk driving in California. It’s important to note that these DUI arrest numbers include only roads covered by the CHP and does not include roads covered by local police departments.

Drunk drivers willfully engage in exceptionally negligent behavior that puts other drivers and their passengers at risk. If you or a family member have been injured or killed in an auto accident in Southern California caused by a drunk driver, call Irvine auto accident attorney Samer Habbas today to schedule a free consultation. He may be able to help you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve to help with medical bills, lost income and other accident expenses. Call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today and receive answers to your questions.