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Category: DUI

The Weed Breathalyzer May Be Here Soon

By Brian Chase on September 23, 2019 - No comments

The Weed Breathalyzer May Be Here Soon

As more and more states are legalizing marijuana use for recreational purposes, enforcing DUI laws becomes more and more complex. While there are ways to measure alcohol intoxication during a traffic stop using a Breathalyzer, testing for marijuana requires blood, urine or hair samples. But, the complication arises from the fact the results only show whether or not someone has THC in their system, not if he or she is currently under the influence of marijuana. …Read the rest »

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California Leading List of States for Most DUI Fatalities

By Brian Chase on August 26, 2019 - No comments

Man Killed in California Leading List of States for Most DUI FatalitiesAccident in Rialto Involving DUI Driver

California leading a list of states with the most number of drunk driving fatalities put out by Quote Wizard, an insurance comparison website. According to a news report, Quote Wizard analyzed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s data to come up with these results. The research shows California saw an increase of 13.5% in drunk driving fatalities from 2000 to 2017, ranking as the fourth largest rate increase in he country and only one of six states to see such an increase. …Read the rest »

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Man Killed in Bicycle Accident Involving DUI Collision

By Brian Chase on June 14, 2019 - No comments

Man Killed in California Leading List of States for Most DUI FatalitiesAccident in Rialto Involving DUI Driver

A 34-year-old man suffered fatal injuries in a bicycle accident after a suspected DUI collision. The fatal crash happened on the evening of June 11 in Rialto. According to a KTLA.com news report, the incident occurred in the 3300 block of North Riverside Avenue. Officials said 32-year-old John Godinez was driving a silver Toyota Solara at a high rate of speed, going northbound on Riverside Avenue near the intersection of Industrial Drive, when the car hit the bicyclist who was going west on Industrial Drive. …Read the rest »

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Ignition Interlock Device Law to Clamp Down on Drunk Driving

By Brian Chase on March 26, 2019 - No comments

Ignition Interlock Device Law to Clamp Down on Drunk Driving

Drunk drivers in California have been targeted by a new law which forces them to use breathalyzer devices to start their cars. Introduced at the beginning of 2019, the new law uses hi-tech ignition interlock devices (IID) to clamp down on drunk driving. It orders that all repeat DUI offenders must have their cars fitted with a device which prevents the car from starting if the driver is not sober. First-time offenders who are involved in drunken crashes which result in injury could also be forced to use the equipment. …Read the rest »

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Los Angeles Lawmaker Proposes Changing BAC Limit from 0.08 to 0.05

By Brian Chase on March 4, 2019 - No comments

Los Angeles Lawmaker Proposes Changing BAC Limit from 0.08 to 0.05

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina del Rey, has introduced a bill that would lower the threshold for driving under the influence (DUI) from the current 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. According to a report in The Orange County Register, the bill, AB 1713 is called Liam’s Law in memory of a 15-month-old boy who in 2016, was struck and killed by a drunk driver as his aunt pushed his stroller across a street in Hawthorne. Liam’s parents, former mixed martial arts fighter Marcus Kowal and his wife, Mishel Eder, have led the crusade for a lower alcohol limit as one way to reduce the number of DUI traffic deaths in California. …Read the rest »

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Avoid Drunk Driving and Stay Safe During the Holidays

By Brian Chase on December 12, 2018 - No comments

Ignition Interlock Device Law to Clamp Down on Drunk Driving

This is the time when roadways get extremely dangerous. With holiday gatherings and company Christmas parties, driving under the influence is at an all time high during this time of the year. According to the California Highway Patrol’s data from the San Joaquin Valley offices, there were 162 DUI arrests over the five-day Thanksgiving period. These numbers show that many are still making poor choices during the holidays. …Read the rest »

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Three Injured in Hacienda Heights Church in Suspected DUI Incident

By Brian Chase on September 10, 2018 - No comments

Los Angeles Lawmaker Proposes Changing BAC Limit from 0.08 to 0.05

A suspected DUI driver crashed a car into an after-church gathering in Hacienda Heights the afternoon of Sept. 9 leaving three victims injured and transported to local hospitals. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the traffic collision occurred in the 14900 block of Clark Avenue. Witnesses said the church services had concluded at about 3 p.m. and worshipers were walking over and gathering at the designated area when the vehicle crashed into the building. …Read the rest »

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Family Sues Bar for Serving Alcohol to Wife of ESPN Star Before Fatal Crash

By Brian Chase on August 28, 2018 - No comments

Study Shows Even Light Rain Can Increase the Risk of Car Accidents

The family of an elderly Connecticut man who died last year has filed a lawsuit against a bar for serving alcohol to a woman who was already drunk moments before she got into her vehicle and crashed killing both herself and the victim. According to a news report in the Express Digest, Edward Bertulis, 87, died on May 9, 2017 after Katherine Berman, wife of ESPN anchor Chris Berman, crashed into his vehicle in Woodbury. Bertulis’s family members say he had just left a cemetery after visiting his wife’s grave when the crash occurred. …Read the rest »

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Texas Jury Awards $242 Million in Toyota Defective Seatback Case

By Brian Chase on August 20, 2018 - No comments

Texas Jury Awards $242 Million in Toyota Defective Seatback Case

A Dallas jury has ruled that Toyota Motor Corporation manufactured a Lexus with defective seatbacks, which resulted in permanent brain damage to two young children during a 2016 crash on North Central Expressway. According to a news report in the Dallas Business Journal, jurors deliberated for about eight hours over two days and ordered the Japanese automaker to pay $242 million — $144 of it in punitive damages to Benjamin and Kristi Reavis, the parents of Emily 7, and Owen, 5. …Read the rest »

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California Company Creates First Breathalyzer Test for Marijuana

By Brian Chase on August 20, 2018 - No comments

States with Legalized Marijuana Show Increase in Car Accidents

A California company has created the first marijuana breath analysis test, which it says, has the potential to be used by police to detect whether drivers have used the drug. According to a report on Newsweek.com, law enforcement officials have grown increasingly concerned about those driving while under the influence of marijuana as more and more states including California have been legalizing the drug. Until now, police officers in the United States did not have any way to detect THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in drivers’ systems during DUI investigations. …Read the rest »

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