Huntington Beach is No. 1 in . . . DUI Collisions (D'oh!)

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We're No. 1! We're No. 1!

Oh, wait.

Huntington Beach ranked first among California cities in its size category in 2009 alcohol-involved collisions per capita, according to data released this month by the state's Office of Traffic Safety. That year, 195 victims were killed or injured by drunk drivers in the city, the report reveals. Numbers for 2010 have not been released.

Surf City has been in the top 10 in this category for the past decade. The latest report puts it above 55 other cities with a population between 100,000 and 250,000. 

City officials have been scrambling to address the issue. They've adopted new tactics, like tracking the locations where drunk-driving suspects had their last drink and confronting managers whose establishments may be overserving patrons.

Last month, the City Council voted down the idea of posting mugshots of repeat DUI offenders on its Facebook page. Interesting. News of the No. 1 ranking hasn't made it up there yet. . . .

(h/t Huntington Beach Independent

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Clawy
Clawy

Would you expect anything less from the MMA-Douchebag-Tribal-Tattoo capital of the world?

Dwayne
Dwayne

Some of us old timers remember when Main Street in downtown HB had a quaint little charm, with places like Perq's (still there) and the late,great Golden Bear. The city fathers decided that quaint charm didn't bring in enough tax revenue, so they rebuilt downtown into a garish magnet for the younger demographic. And NOW they want to address this problem of drunk drivers.

"Hi! Welcome to Huntington Beach! Thanks for dining, socializing and drinking in our town. Now, put your arms out to your sides, tilt your head back and touch your nose."

Jaimeortiz562
Jaimeortiz562

I spent 46 days at the Hb Jail as a Trustee and let me tell you right now DON'T DRINK & DRIVE, 3 TO 10 DUI'S every Night and what ever you do don't get caught on Fri or Sat that's when we served Spanish Rice suprize!!!

Mike King
Mike King

Well I can See this, how many bars and clubs, how many under age drinkers,how many out of towners, add it all up and yes I can see that it is a big deal.

briansays
briansays

not surprisingyounger demographicmain street is a magnetstreets are laid out in a grid with long straight wide streets enabling speeding and encouraging folks to blow red lights

i recommend riding a bike

Bruce from HB
Bruce from HB

... but riding a bike along any major street in HB is suicide.

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