Numerous Brea car accident attorneys acknowledge that car collisions are a fact of life in this community of over 40,000 people. An important retail center with a huge shopping mall and the recently redeveloped downtown area, Brea in Orange County, California is determined to reduce car collisions within its borders.
Between 2001 and 2003, eight fatal car accidents occurred in Brea, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At 2.3 fatal car crashes per 10,000 people, this was lower than the national norm, but unacceptable to city officials.
Through aggressive enforcement efforts, Brea dramatically reduced its car accident fatality rate in 2006. That year, the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) showed that while 260 people were injured in Brea car crashes, there were no deaths. A total of 17 bicyclists and 17 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents. Motorcycle collisions injured five. DUI crashes caused 30 injuries. In 2007, one car accident resulted in one fatality. Brea car accident lawyers will tell you, that Brea made a real effort to reduce car collisions in the city.
The Brea Police Department serves both Brea and the city of Yorba Linda. Situated in the foothills of north Orange County, these cities comprise a daily population of about 160,000. The Department's Traffic Division is charged with maintaining the safe traffic flow for residents and commuters. Brea and Yorba Linda are accessed by two major freeways, the Orange (57) and the Riverside (91) and a major highway, Imperial (90), which contribute a high volume of daily commuter traffic.
To hold down Brea's car collision rate, the city routinely sets up DUI and Driver's License Checkpoints at various accident-prone intersections and streets. Among these are along State College Blvd., Birch Street near the Brea Mall, Lambert Road near the 57 freeway, and Imperial Highway (90) between Kraemer Blvd. and Harbor Blvd.
DUI checkpoints remove impaired drivers from city streets. Besides issuing citations and making DUI arrests, sobriety checkpoints help educate the public on the dangers of dunk driving. They also encourage the use of sober designated drivers. Most any Brea car collision lawyer will acknowledge that sobriety checkpoints make streets safer. Removing impaired drivers off Brea streets has saved lives and prevented many injuries.