DUIs on the rise in Kern County

There were over 4100 DUIs in 2017 in Kern County. (KBAK/KBFX Photo).

On Monday, around midnight, Bakersfield Police officers responded to a crash involving two cars near the intersection of Panama Lane and Highway 99.

As a result of that crash, one man was declared dead at the scene and another man sustained critical injuries.

But the incident is just one example of a larger trend that's hit Kern County in recent decades.

According to the District Attorney's office, DUIs have more than doubled since the year 2000 and have now reached critical levels in the county.

"It's an epidemic here, and the rate of growth is enormous,” said Deputy District Attorney Jim Simson.

Last year, there were more than 4,100 DUIs in Kern County, which translates to about 11.3 cases a day.

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