According to an annual report from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol-related accidents, deaths, injuries and arrests fell in 1995. This is the sixth straight year the numbers have declined. The change is attributed to public pressure, tough new laws, strong enforcement and public education campaigns.
The survey shows that about 90% of DUI offenders are male with an average Blood Alcohol Concentration of .17 — more than twice the legal limit.
In evaluating which sanctions prevent DUI repetition, the report concludes that offenders given license restrictions combined with a treatment program do at least 12% better than any other alternative. Data shows that jail was the least effective penalty for first offenders.
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