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MADD calling on San Diegans to prevent DUI crashes

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The CHP says the number of alcohol-related accidents around the county has recently spiked. They're calling on San Diegans to do their part to stop people from dying in DUI crashes.

Paula Myers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving is frustrated that San Diegans aren't getting the message.

There were at least five alcohol-related crashes in a 24-hour period over the weekend killing five, including Wayne Francis, who was stopped on his motorcycle at a red light in Carlsbad when a car driven by a suspected drunk driver slammed into him.

Myers says it was no accident.

"An accident is when a dog runs in front of your car and you can't avoid it. These are two clear actions put together - getting impaired by a substance and driving - and people need to think about that ahead of time and get it into their brains that we're making choices that aren't good," Myers said.

The CHP will be ramping up enforcement as the holidays get closer.

"You don't have to be falling down drunk like many people think you have to be. Any amount of alcohol can impair your judgment and ability to drive," CHP Capt. Rich Stewart said.

The state is now stepping in, making things tougher for those convicted of a first drunk driving offense.

The bill, signed by the governor this week, requires DUI ignition locks on the cars of those convicted of driving under the influence. Unfortunately it's a pilot project, and San Diego isn't one of the first cities on the list, but MADD says we could have it here in two years.

"The thinking is if you can't get the drink to stop driving the car, we'll get the car to stop driving the drunk," Myers said.

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