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Alcohol-related Fatal Accidents Trend

December 16, 1989|Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

The number of alcohol-related fatal accidents in Orange County cities during 1988 was the lowest recorded during any of the last five years. The 104 accidents were a 7% decrease from 1987. Anaheim had by far the most such accidents, 27. In fact, that is the highest total for any city during the five-year span. Several cities had none of these accidents; La Palma and Los Alamitos have had none during the five years. The Highway Patrol defines alcohol-related accidents as any where a driver, pedestrian or bicyclist had been drinking.

City 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 Anaheim 17 22 14 13 27 Brea 5 5 3 8 0 Buena Park 3 3 2 4 1 Costa Mesa 9 5 7 5 5 Cypress 2 0 2 1 1 Dana Point N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Fountain Valley 2 5 2 1 5 Fullerton 8 2 9 8 5 Garden Grove 6 5 9 7 6 Huntington Beach 4 15 7 8 6 Irvine 6 5 6 4 5 Laguna Beach 0 3 1 4 0 La Habra 3 1 0 1 1 La Palma 0 0 0 0 0 Los Alamitos 0 0 0 0 0 Mission Viejo N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 Newport Beach 4 4 3 2 4 Orange 3 6 10 10 5 Placentia 1 0 1 2 1 San Clemente 2 3 1 1 1 San Juan Capistrano 2 3 2 2 2 Santa Ana 17 10 14 17 16 Seal Beach 4 3 1 3 3 Stanton 3 3 1 2 1 Tustin 2 3 4 1 3 Villa Park 0 1 0 0 0 Westminster 5 5 7 5 4 Yorba Linda 1 2 1 3 1 CITIES TOTAL 109 114 107 112 104

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ALCOHOL-RELATED FATAL ACCIDENTS

Alcohol-related fatal accidents in Orange County dropped to their lowest level in six years during 1988. The 124 incidents marked a 13% decrease from the previous year and the second lowest level recorded since 1979. Only 1982 was a better year during the last decade, with just 114 such accidents. These numbers include accidents not only on city streets but on state highways within the county and county roads as well.

Source: California Highway Patrol

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