ORANGE COUNTY 2013 DUI SUMMIT
FEBRUARY 27, 2013 - RECAP
The Orange County DUI Task Force collaborated with the Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer's office in convening a day long DUI Summit with 143 policy makers and key community leaders at Concordia University to learn and discuss Orange County DUI trends; effective prevention strategies; and local examples on what is currently being done in Orange County.
Prominent speakers from within Orange County and across the state (California Office of Traffic Safety, Alcohol Policy Consultations, etc) covered a number of topics including, but not limited to, local regulatory controls (social host, responsible beverage service, and deemed approved ordinances); law enforcement strategies (checkpoints and saturation patrols); media campaigns; business approaches to address DUIs from an alcohol establishment's perspective, etc.
The Summit received media coverage from both print and televised media, that included the Orange County Register (Orange County Register) and KPBS news (DUI-Summit_2013_KPBS).
Planning efforts are underway for developing an executive summary and next steps for the Orange County DUI Task Force.
In closing, a special thanks go to the following task force members (and/or agencies) who helped with planning the Summit and/or provided staff support on the day of the event.
Anita Lorz Villagrana, Automobile Club of Southern California
Kathy Kendrick, Orange County Heatlh Care Agency
Mary Beth Griffin, MADD Orange County
Automobile Club of Southern California
Community Service Programs, Projct PATH Impaired Driving Initiative
Orange County Health Care Agency ADEPT
Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about
one-third of all motor vehicle deaths.
On average, one alcohol-impaired-driving death occurs every 45 minutes. Each year, impaired- driving crashes cost the U.S. more than $50 billion. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
The Task Force
The Orange CountyDUI Task Force was formed in 2009 as part of the Alcohol Impaired Driving Task Force of Costa Mesa and in response to local research noting the need for a community response to address alcohol and/or drug impaired driving issues in Orange County. The coalition is led by the Automobile Club of Southern California and the County of Orange Health Care Agency Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT).