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Drunk Driving Archives

Woman facing felony drunk driving charges after crash

A 20-year-old California woman has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving in connection with an Oct. 13 traffic accident that left her 20-year-old passenger dead and injured three others. Reports indicate that the woman was taken into custody following the accident and transported to the Ventura County Jail. Her bail has been set at $250,000.

Pre-trial motions set boundaries for trials

Pre-trial motions are an expected part of most criminal cases that go far in court. In California, pre-trial motions are typically filed after the preliminary hearing but before the case goes to trial. Usually, the defense attorney and the prosecutor appear in criminal court and make arguments that the case should be dismissed or that certain testimony or evidence should not be admitted at trial.

California man sentenced to 15 years for fatal DUI crash

A 27-year-old California man was sentenced to a prison term of 15 years on July 21 for his role in a fatal 2016 drunk driving accident. The man last appeared in court in May when he pleaded no contest to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter. The Visalia resident was serving probation for an earlier DUI conviction when he was involved in a crash that claimed the life of a 42-year-old woman and left her five passengers injured.

NHTSA study suggests growing marijuana impairment problem

The number of marijuana-impaired drivers on the roads of California and other U.S. states has increased by a worrying 50 percent in just seven years according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency's most recent National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers also reveals that THC, which is the chemical compound in marijuana that gives the drug its intoxicating properties, was found in the blood or oral fluid samples collected from 13 percent of the nighttime drivers who took part in the study and 9 percent of the drivers who were tested during daylight hours.

Scientists make marijuana breath test breakthrough

Voters in California chose to make the recreational use of marijuana legal in November 2016, and law enforcement agencies in the state expect to encounter more motorists under the influence of the drug as a result. This is a problem because police officers do not have a reliable way of telling whether or not a motorist is impaired by THC. Alcohol testing is effective because levels of alcohol detected in breath and blood samples can be reliably linked with degrees of intoxication in both large and small individuals regardless of how much they drink. However, THC testing is far more scientifically nebulous.

Officers to utilize DUI checkpoints during holiday weekend

California residents who are planning on traveling to the Los Angeles County area for the Fourth of July weekend should be aware that law enforcement will be out in force to catch impaired drivers. The DUI Saturation Patrols will be active from June 29 to July 1 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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.

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