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Drunk Driving Archives

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.

Ascertaining impairment with marijuana use

California residents may drive with certain levels of THC in their bodies after using marijuana, but experts say there is no scientific consensus on how much is enough to make a person impaired. While there are concerns about the safety of drivers who have been smoking marijuana, there are also concerns about drivers being prosecuted when they are not impaired.

Man sentenced for DUI

A San Francisco man received a two-year sentence in state prison after he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of drunk driving. According to the San Mateo County prosecutors, the man was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer on Jan. 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. on Highway 101 in Redwood City, Calif. He was observed driving well over the speed limit at 90 mph and weaving, and he was taken into custody for DUI.

Ignition interlock bill signed into law

On Sept. 28, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will mandate the installation of ignition interlock systems in the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and it is designed to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents that happen each year.

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