Out of 98 cities its size in California, Palm Springs had the most alcohol-related crashes in 2009 according to a new report by the California Office of Traffic Safety—a total of 67.
The report indicated three fatalities resulted from these accidents.
Palm Springs has held the dubious distinction in eight of the past nine years despite spending nearly $800,000 in state grants to combat its DUI problem over the past decade.
The city is well known as a “party town.” In fact, Palm Springs has nearly 200 restaurants and bars serving alcohol.
In good news, the number of DUI accidents actually decreased nine percent from 2008 to 2009.
“We’re trying to find a balance between having the entertainment center downtown and having these numbers come down,” said Palm Springs City Manager David Ready. “We’re pleased that the numbers are starting to go in the right direction.”