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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

San Francisco Cracks Top-10 DUI Cities

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 8:15 AM

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San Francisco cracks so many national Top-10 lists, there's often reason to celebrate. So, perhaps it's excessive celebration that led to the city's, er, impressive No. 8 spot on a recent list of which cities host the most convicted drunk drivers.

In fact, four California cities were among the "honorees": No. 1 San Diego; No. 2 San Jose; No. 7 Los Angeles; and No. 8 San Francisco.

That being said, the methodology for the rankings was not exactly reminiscent of a Swiss watch. The insurance-provider simply calculated what percentage of its applicants in the nation's 20 biggest cities reported having a DUI. Not exactly peer-reviewed.

But, still, it offers food for thought: Why would transit-friendly San Francisco be on this list? A glance at the nine other cities among the dubious Top-10 isn't exactly a who's who of glorious public transportation systems. Is it possible that our destination city hosts throngs of people who've been convicted of DUIs elsewhere? Those are the kinds of questions this bare-bones "analysis" can't begin to answer.

Finally, offers a section titled "A Brief History of Drunk Driving." We'll go one further: In the beginning, there was drunk. This begat drunk walking, which begat drunk running, which begat drunk horse-, camel-, and yak-riding. Drunk kayaking begat drunk boating, which led to the establishment of drunken fishing. Drunk wagon-riding begat drunk stagecoach-driving, which led to drunk horseless carriage-riding. And, in the end, drunk driving was created -- and, lo, it was bad.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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