Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause collisions once a week on average in West Hollywood. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on numbers from the California Highway Patrol and others. The report also points out a big difference between West Hollywood and nearby cities.
The report focuses on DUI collisions in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. “DUI collisions” is the author’s shorthand for collisions on city streets reported to law enforcement, for which the primary collision factor has been determined to be driving or bicycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The chart above shows the number of DUI collisions in West Hollywood. The number started rising 10 years ago. It peaked at 98 — about two a week — in 2012. It dropped back down to 52 — one a week — by 2015. The report does not speculate about the causes.
The report compares West Hollywood to nearby cities using a DUI collision rate. The rate is the number of DUI collisions per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). VMT is the sum of the miles that everyone drives in the city.
By that measure, DUI collisions appear to be twice as common in West Hollywood as in nearby cities: 31 DUI collisions per 100 million VMT in West Hollywood versus 15 in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Burbank. Culver City (10) and Beverly Hills (6) have fewer.
However, the DUI collision rate may be influenced by how different police departments handle non-injury collisions. So the report also looks specifically at injury collisions involving alcohol. The rate per 100 million VMT is calculated for each city. West Hollywood and Los Angeles still have the highest rates among nearby cities. West Hollywood’s rate is 50% higher than that of Los Angeles.
The report concludes with the observation that DUI collisions actually make up a smaller share of total collisions in West Hollywood than in most nearby cities. So the DUI collision rate may be higher in West Hollywood in part because the overall collision rate is higher.
To find out more, see the full report, DUI, Part 1: How many collisions in West Hollywood are due to alcohol or drugs?