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Chula Vista Deputy Mayor Rudy Ramirez is opening his office doors on Monday, October 4, inviting Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to ride shotgun in a discussion about the high rate of underage, under-the-influence drivers involved in car accidents and fatalities in Chula Vista.

According to data collected from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the South Bay city of approximately 220,000 residents ranks first in vehicular incidents in California cities with populations between 100,000 and 250,000.

"We should make every effort to educate our youth about the dangers of drinking and driving, as together these actions may lead to a lifetime of irrevocable consequences," states Deputy Mayor Ramirez's September 28 press release.

While Chula Vista ranks first in underage collisions, it isn't the only city in the county with a drinking and driving problem. Municipalities throughout San Diego County ranked in the top five among similar-sized cities.

For the first group, cities with populations ranging in size from 25,000 to 50,000, Lemon Grove ranked second out of 97 cities in collisions involving drivers under the age of 21 that resulted in injury or fatality. Lemon Grove also had the fifth highest rate of alcohol-related collisions for those drinking age and over.

For cities with populations between 50,000 and 100,000, Poway ranked first in alcohol-related collisions involving drivers under the age of 21.

Escondido was third on the list of cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000, for collisions where one or more parties involved had been drinking.

As for the largest cities in the state, San Diego ranked 4th out of 13 in collisions where drivers were under the influence and under the age of 21. America's finest city was number 1 in alcohol-related incidents with drivers between the ages of 21 and 34.

All rankings are based on data collected from 2008.

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Founder Oct. 1, 2010 @ 5:38 p.m.

I encourage everyone with loved ones and or kids, to request a drive-along with their local Police Officers and see for themselves just how big this problem is...

It's easy to talk about some thing that affects others but when you see for yourself just how many drivers are "trying" to drive after way too many drinks, you'll think twice about going out late at night.

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sd1904 Oct. 5, 2010 @ 1:54 p.m.

My kids have all gone to high school here in CV as well as myself and husband, I'm not surprised in the least. People give their kids cars way before they are mature enough and most kids curfews are a joke. For a lot of people down here it's a thing to pretty much not say no to their kids, ever. Seriously , you should see some of the cars these kids drive, way to much power for a teenager. Add that with partying and it's a disaster.

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Founder Oct. 5, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m.

Reply #2 Good Post!

I would add to yours:

Then Parents wonder why their kids get into trouble... + If parents of DUI drivers living at home also lost their licenses, then we would see much fewer teen accidents and DUI's...

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