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Drunk Driving Archives

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.

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.

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