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Drunk Driving Archives

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

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.

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