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Drunk Driving Archives

Mandatory ignition interlock laws reduce fatal crashes

According to a study, states that have mandatory ignition interlock laws have seen a reduced number of fatal car accidents that involved at least one drunk driver. In fact, these mandatory laws were associated in a 7 percent decrease in fatal crashes. In California, these devices are mandatory only in certain counties.

Man convicted of 13th DUI

A California man who had 12 previous DUI convictions was found guilty of DUI on April 14 after he was accused of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It was reported that the 54-year-old Watsonville man was scheduled to be sentenced May 10 for his latest conviction.

Drugged driving is a common occurance

California residents may be aware that the reports of drugged driving have continued to increase. Traffic fatalities resulting from drugged driving have also continued to rise, particularly in Rust Belt states, such as Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Other increases in drugged driving have occurred in the South and Pacific Northwest. All of these areas have been dealing with an increase in heroin and methamphetamine abuse.

New law affects rideshare drivers

Starting on July 1, 2018, the legal blood alcohol limit is .04 percent in California when a car is used as a passenger-for-hire service and a passenger is in the vehicle. A passenger for hire is defined as anyone who is receiving transportation in exchange for some sort of consideration. The consideration may be given directly or indirectly to the owner, operator or anyone else who has an interest in the vehicle.

Man charged for his 9th DUI while on probation

On March 29, a 52-year-old man in California was charged withdriving under the influence for the ninth time since 2011. The man's latest DUI incident took place when he crashed his vehicle into a power pole in Placentia. Police were called to the scene of the accident at around 6 p.m.

Law enforcement at a crossroads after Prop. 64 vote

On Nov. 8, California residents chose to make the recreational use of marijuana legal in the state by voting in favor of Proposition 64. While news of the vote was likely welcomed by many Californians, the state's law enforcement agencies may have been less than happy. This is because there is currently no reliable way to determine whether a motorist is impaired by marijuana.

About auto-brewery syndrome

California drivers may be interested to know about auto-brewery syndrome, a condition that occurs when too much yeast is trapped in the digestive system and is turned into alcohol. An individual who has the condition can consume a food or drink containing starch, and the carbohydrates will be fermented into ethanol by his or her body. It is a rare condition that occurs primarily in Japan, but there have been some cases in the United States that have confused medical experts.

New proposed bill aims to close marijuana loophole

In response to an apparent loophole in California's law that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, a state representative has proposed a new bill that would close it. Currently, the law prohibits people from having an open container of marijuana in their vehicles while they are driving, which is similar to the open-container laws for alcohol.

Survey shows declining numbers of impaired drivers

California drivers could be sharing the roads with fewer drunk drivers than in the past, according to survey data. A national survey for 2014 showed a record low number of drunk drivers across the country. The survey has shown decreasing numbers of drunk drivers since 2002, but the data is dependent on the honest and accurate responses of the people who take part.

Driver to fight DUI charge

A California resident intends to contest a 2015 misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. The 36-year-old man was pulled over because he was allegedly driving erratically and cut in front of an officer from the California department of alcohol beverage control who was operating an unmarked vehicle.

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