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Drunk Driving Archives

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.

Woman accused of drunk driving after chain reaction crash

Two California Highway Patrol officers were among four people who were injured by an accused drunk driver on Aug. 9. The multi-vehicle accident took place in San Jose at about 4:40 p.m. when a 26-year-old woman struck vehicles that were parked along the side of southbound Highway 85 after an earlier accident. Following the crash, the woman was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI causing injury.

Study says Uber and Lyft have not lowered DUI fatalities

According to new research, there has been no change in alcohol-related traffic deaths in California and the rest of the U.S. since Uber and Lyft have been introduced. The study was published in American Journal of Epidemiology, and it looked at statistics from 100 locations in a variety of states. It also took into account other factors such as taxes on alcohol and whether a state had banned texting while driving.

California Highway Patrol nabs actress for DUI

In May 2016, actress Jensen Buchanan, who performed in numerous soap operas, was involved in a car accident. The incident allegedly occurred when the 53-year-old soap star collided with another vehicle as she was driving on the wrong side of the road. California Highway Patrol officials said that although Buchanan sustained minor physical injuries, the 56-year-old male driver she struck in the head-on collision was later administered medical treatment for serious injuries

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