Sacramento ranks high in auto accidents, drunk driving
I was dismayed earlier this week when the California Office of Traffic Safety [OTS] released its yearly ranking of 13 cities of similar size, including Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco, for collisions by daily vehicle miles traveled and average population.
For collisions with alcohol involved, Sacramento ranked first with 478 victims killed and injured.
For collisions where the driver had been drinking (HBD) both under age 21 and ages 21 to 34, Sacramento came in first with a combined 214 victims killed and injured.
Sacramento ranked first by population for total fatal and injury collisions with 4,404 victims killed and injured.
Sacramento also ranked first for collisions involving bicyclists by population, speed-related collisions by population and nighttime collisions by population. Nighttime collisions were defined as occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m.