Two daytime DUI accidents against trend, police ask all to stay alert

BAKERSFIELD - So far this week there have been two daytime DUI accidents causing major injuries.

The first one involved an ex-BPD Officer in Oildale who police say was driving while under the influence, lost control and slammed into a gas station while a woman was pumping fuel.

Then Wednesday afternoon a van from Bakersfield Locksmithing collided with a sedan on Calloway at Marby Grange in northwest Bakersfield. The BPD says the driver of the van was under the influence of alcohol. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says about 50 people die each day in United States as a consequence of alcohol related crashes.

The administration says the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2012 was nearly 4 times higher at night then during the day.

However, local law enforcement says drivers should be aware of the DUI dangers during the day.

"This is crazy, I can't believe the recent DUI accidents during the day. Most drinking you would think would be during the evening, after people get off work, happy hour and whatnot," said Bernie Evans.

The BPD says there are not enough officers on the road to catch DUI suspects and reminds the public to call 911 if you spot someone driving erratically.

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