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Drunk Driving Archives

California Uber driver charged with DUI after Super Bowl

According to police reports, a 46-year-old Uber driver from Simi Valley was charged with driving drunk after allegedly watching the Super Bowl in a bar. The incident reportedly occurred around 1:45 a.m. when the driver was on the clock and proceeding to pick up passengers.

NTSB wants to drop the legal driving limit to .05 percent

Californians may be interested in learning that the National Transportation Safety Board is seeking the reduction in the legal driving BAC limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. The request was one of several in the agency's annual most wanted list, which is a list of safety objectives the agency would like to be passed.

Supreme Court to rule on mandatory breath tests

California is one of the states that has considered laws making it a crime to refuse a breath test for alcohol, and on Dec. 11, the Supreme Court agreed to hear cases from states where this is the case. In both cases, drivers refused a breath test and were charged with a crime.

DUI charges for California school superintendent

A California county school superintendent is facing drunk driving charges for a second time after an incident that occurred on Nov. 5. Around 2 p.m., the California Highway Patrol says the man drove his pickup into a utility pole. The man was taken into custody after a test showed that his blood alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit. No one was injured, and the man was alone at the time. He is not being charged with a felony at present.

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.

How California ranks in its drunk driving laws

While the minimum legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and a driver in any state is considered alcohol impaired when having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, there are still many variants in drunk driving rules across the nation. A consumer finance website recently highlighted the differences by analyzing law enforcement rules in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in regards to driving while under the influence.

Plea arrangements for DUI charges in California

A plea bargain is an arrangement where a person who has been charged with a crime agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in exchange for either a reduction of the charges or of the penalties for conviction. This is something that has to be agreed upon by both the prosecution and the person facing the charges.

Interlock devices after convictions on drunk driving charges

Ignition interlock devices are required for some drivers who have drunk driving convictions in California. For people who must use one of these devices on the vehicles they drive, it is imperative that they understand the purpose of the device and the way it works.

How DUI charges can affect insurance rates

California residents may be interested to hear about how a DUI charge can lead to an increase in insurance rates. Many insurance companies hike up rates even after first DUI charges because of the notion that the drivers have driven drunk before the time of the DUIs. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, first-time offenders have a blood alcohol content of around .16 percent compared to .18 percent for people who have faced DUI arrests in the past. In every state, a BAC of over .08 percent indicates intoxication and increases the risk of an accident.

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