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Drunk Driving Archives

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.

DWI prevention patches may arrive in California

Many individuals who drive under the influence in California and across the country are not aware that they are too intoxicated to drive. This is because alcohol can reduce someone's decision making abilities, and they may feel that they are better able to handle themselves in a vehicle than they are. A start-up, DermaTec, believes that they may have a solution to this problem.

Managing driving issues related to pot legalization

California residents will have a chance to vote in November on a proposition dealing with legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Some might be concerned about the potential legal problems they could face because of blood or urine testing in a DUI case. While standards for alcohol limits are clear, few states have developed standards related to driving and THC intoxication levels. A Stanford University team may change this situation with a new technology that is in development.

Parental rules affect underage drinking

Underage alcohol consumption is a major issue and is often associated with a variety of unsafe activities, such as vandalism, drunk driving and violence among peers. However, California parents who are concerned about their underage children drinking alcohol may be able to curtail the behavior by establishing clear rules.

California police to take part in national campaign

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were approximately 10,000 deaths around the country from drunk driving crashes each year from 2010 to 2014. In California, there were 882 such deaths during that time period. From Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, the Burlingame Police Department is part of a nationwide campaign to combat drunk driving. The campaign is known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and it is part of an effort to educate and crack down on drunk driving.

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