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Drunk Driving Archives

California city places DUI checkpoint at accident hot spot

Civil rights groups have questioned the constitutionality of DUI checkpoints, but they remain permissible under California law. Police departments say that high visibility enforcement techniques such as DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols deter irresponsible behavior and make the roads safer, and these arguments are supported by studies revealing that such checkpoints, when they are well-publicized, have been found to reduce drunk driving accidents by as much as 20 percent.

Bam Margera receives plea in DUI case

Actor Bam Margera was taken into custody in Los Angles in January 2018 after a traffic stop conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Authorities had originally stopped him for driving while on his cell phone. However, after making contact with him, they noticed an odor of alcohol. His poor performance on field sobriety tests resulted in being charged with two counts of DUI.

TV talk show host to enter DUI diversion program

Steve Wilkos may be known to fans of his talk show in California and across the country for his hard-edged approach to the guests dealing with personal issues on his television program, but he is seeking the application of a softer touch to his own run-in with the law. Wilkos, known for his stint as security director on the Jerry Springer TV show before launching his own television talk program, flipped over his car in January 2018 in a drunk driving incident near his home in Connecticut.

California sobriety checkpoint leads to 3 DUI arrests

Drunk driving checkpoints are legal in California because they are considered to be administrative inspections like baggage searches at airports. According to law enforcement, placing sobriety checkpoints at busy intersections and in areas with numerous bars and restaurants acts a deterrent by reminding drivers of the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking. In addition to looking for signs of intoxication, police at sobriety checkpoints verify that driver's licenses and vehicle registrations are current and run records checks for outstanding warrants.

Actress' boyfriend facing DUI charges

A California man, better known as the boyfriend of actress Heather Locklear, was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, accused of driving under the influence. The 56-year-old man was taken into custody shortly after midnight by the California State Highway Patrol. After receiving a citation, he was released and ordered to appear in court for the charges on April 26.

Impaired driver causes wrong-way accident

The California Highway Patrol said that a 28-year-old man was taken into custody after causing a wrong-way accident. According to police, the man was driving his Chevy Tahoe south in the northbound lane of the 405 Freeway when it collided with a Ford Explorer. The accident took place at about 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 just south of Wilshire Boulevard and involved two other vehicles.

Legal limit for alcohol could be further lowered

California motorists facing DUI charges have plenty to be concerned about, because a conviction for drunk driving can carry severe consequences, including potential incarceration. The legal standards could become even stricter in the future, as there is a call to lower the current blood alcohol legal limit for drunk driving charges. This would mean that a person could be arrested for DUI after consuming fewer drinks, and this call has received backing from a government-funded study.

DUI charges for Bam Margera

Skateboarder and TV personality Bam Margera was taken into custody in California on Jan. 7 on DUI charges. Reportedly, officers with the California Highway Patrol were detaining another motorist when Margera drove by them.

Singer charged with drug possession and drunk driving

California country music fans may have become familiar with Michael Ray when his ballad 'Kiss You in the Morning" climbed to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015, but they may not be aware that the 29-year-old singer was taken into custody by police in Florida on drug possession and drunk driving charges during the early morning hours of Dec. 20. His brush with the law began when officers from the Eustis Police Department responded to a minor traffic accident at a fast-food restaurant at approximately 3:00 a.m.

California man facing 7 felony counts after Bay Bridge crash

A box truck driver is facing seven felony counts in connection with an accident that claimed the life of a California Department of Transportation worker. The 32-year-old Foster City resident has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and six counts of felony drunk driving by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. A 46-year-old toll booth worker was killed when the box truck caused a chain reaction crash on the Interstate 80 approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the early morning hours of Dec. 2.

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