Driving while intoxicated is still the chief reason for fatal traffic collisions in California. In 2010, 52 percent of all California traffic fatalities involved alcohol or drugs. Figures also show that offenders with multiple DWI convictions are the most likely to re-offend. License suspension is one of the tools California uses to deter DUI recidivism. Nevertheless, about 75 percent of drivers with suspended or revoked licenses continue to drive and pose a threat to others.

The “Hot Sheet” program is another approach California is now using to fight DWI recidivism. Police agencies that partner with the California Department of Motor Vehicles receive a regularly updated list – a “hot sheet” twice a month – of convicted DUI offenders whose licenses have recently been suspended and revoked, along with registration and license plate information about any vehicles those offenders own. In California, fifteen local police agencies have received grants allowing them to participate in the Hot Sheet program. Funding for the program is provided through the California Office of Traffic Safety in partnership with the National Traffic Safety Administration.

Of course, the best way to avoid ever ending up on a hot sheet is simply this: don’t drink and drive. If you anticipate driving, don’t drink. If you drink, arrange for a designated driver, taxi, limo, or car service. If despite your best efforts at safety, you are arrested and charged with DUI in southern California, get legal help immediately and consult an experienced Orange County DWI defense attorney. A good DWI defense lawyer can assess the details of your case and suggest your best defense strategy – even if you’re a repeat offender and your name is on a hot sheet. Don’t take any chances with your freedom and your future. If you’re charged with DUI in southern California now or in the future, speak at once to an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.