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August 2015 Archives

Drunk driving outlook across the nation

Although many educational and penal approaches have been taken to tackle the problem of drunk driving, California residents likely know that DUI continues to be a significant cause of deaths in motor vehicle accidents. A recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System has noted that many midwestern states and Hawaii tend to have the highest rates of drunk driving per person. California falls at the lower statistical end of the spectrum in this DUI study.

Appeals court ruling could impact California residents

An opinion delivered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit could call into question the accuracy of K-9 drug sniffing units used by authorities in California and around the country. The case in question involved a St. Louis man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found in possession of cocaine in 2010. Police found the substance after a search of his car was triggered by the findings of a drug sniffing dog.

POW and celebrity's brother caught up in drug raids

Two drug raids in Redwood Valley only days apart have put Bowe Bergdahl and the brother of actress Alicia Silverstone in the headlines. The first action by law enforcement in Northern California occurred on a ranch, where authorities seized 181 marijuana plants. Bergdahl was on the property at the time, but he claimed to be visiting friends.

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