Huntington Beach ranked No. 1 among California cities of its size in per-capita alcohol-related traffic collisions in 2009, according to numbers recently released by the state Office of Traffic Safety.
The report, which came out in January, ranks Huntington above 55 other cities with populations from 100,000 to 250,000.
A total of 195 people were killed or injured in alcohol-related collisions in H.B., according to the report.
Huntington has been in the top 10 for per-capita DUI accidents for the last half-decade, ranking sixth in 2005, eighth in 2006, seventh in 2007 and fourth in 2008.
Lt. Russell Reinhart of the Huntington Beach Police Department said the city was aware its DUI accident numbers were high in 2009, but the ranking came as a surprise.