Among cities its size, Hemet drivers are most likely to be involved in a collision for the number of miles they drive, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The city also ranked first in its size group for number of people hit by drivers age 21-34 who had been drinking. And it was first in the number of alcohol-related fatal or injury accidents.
Based on 2010 crash data, the most recent year available, Hemet’s 454 roadway fatalities or injuries placed it atop the list of 103 similarly sized cities in California. Residents and city and state traffic safety officials agree there is no single cause for the high accident rate, but point to a host of factors: