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Drunk Driving Archives

Marijuana tests for driving are flawed: AAA

While Californians may be able to use medical marijuana, they should also understand that they could be charged with driving under the influence of it in some cases. In six states that allow marijuana, the law sets specific blood concentration limits in order to determine whether someone is impaired.

Repeated drunk driving offender arrested again

A California man was arrested for suspected drunk driving in Petaluma on April 18 near a convenience store. A records check revealed that it was the man's fourth violation for drunk driving within a 10-year period and that he was on probation at the time for previous felony drunk driving charges.

Former Raiders star facing DUI charges

The California Highway Patrol has reported that former Oakland Raiders lineman Khalif Barnes was taken into custody on April 17 after he allegedly failed a series of field sobriety tests in Alameda County. Barnes spent seven seasons in Oakland after signing with the Raiders in 2009. The offensive tackle is currently a free agent.

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.

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