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NHTSA Looks to Use Ignition Interlock Devices Nationwide to Stop Drunk Driving

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) have been in place in Los Angeles County and three other California counties since 2010, and a bill was signed into law in September mandating that IIDs will be used statewide by 2019. These devices are installed in the vehicles of previous DUI offenders, and prevent the ignition from starting if results on an attached breathalyzer are above legal limits for driving. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to push to have these devices installed in every vehicle in the country—effectively ending drunk driving. In a press release published on December 14, the...

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California DUI Laws Will Get Stricter in 2019

Drunk driving-related accidents and deaths in California were on the decline in recent years, hitting an all-time low in 2011. That year, MADD reports that only 774 deaths were attributed to drunk drivers in this state. Unfortunately, this decline has now been reversed, and rates of drunk driving have begun to increase steadily. With the signing of a new law in late September, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated much tougher penalties for drunk drivers which will begin in 2019. The new piece of legislation, known as SB 1046, was introduced by Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo and will expand...

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Should I Submit to a Field Sobriety Test?

When an officer of the law pulls a vehicle over for any reason, he or she may ask the driver of that vehicle to take a field sobriety test (FST) and/or a chemical test to determine whether the driver has exceeded the legal limit for alcohol consumption while operating a motor vehicle. In many states, submission to a field sobriety test or chemical test is not technically mandatory and it is common for citizens and even attorneys to recommend against submitting to these tests. In California, however, things are different. Every person who applies for and receives a California driver’s...

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What to Do if You’re Arrested for DUI

No one wants to be charged with driving under the influence, or DUI. Of course, the best way to avoid this is to never drink and drive, even if you’ve “only had one or two drinks.” Always place the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road first. If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, these suggestions will help you get through the experience. Know your rights You may be surprised to learn that you have the right to refuse a lot of the common things that happen when you’re pulled over for a possible DUI. For...

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DUI Arrests Increase with California Crackdowns & Zero Tolerance Programs

More people throughout the state of California are being arrested and charged with DUI, due to increased police presence in the form of sobriety checkpoints, crackdowns, and zero tolerance policies. NBC Los Angeles reports that over the July 4 weekend this year, DUI-related arrests jumped 43 percent compared to the same period last year. For the 2012 holiday, there were 343 suspected drunken drivers arrested in Los Angeles County—while in 2013, authorities arrested 490 people on suspicion of driving under the influence. These arrests spanned 48 hours, from midnight Thursday, July 4, to midnight Saturday, July 6. On Wednesday, July...

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NTSB Urges States to Lower Drunk Driving Limit to .05

With talk of lowering the legal blood alcohol limit, the federal government is considering offering incentives to states that lower the legal limit to .05 from the current level of .08. By lowering the legal alcohol limit, the government hopes to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving. The suggestion to lower the legal limit came from The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). If the legal limit is reduced to .05, that would mean an average 170 male would be close to the DUI limit after drinking about three beers and a woman weighing around 120...

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Los Angeles County Revs Up DUI Checkpoint Activity

Los Angeles County law enforcement has been ramping up its DUI checkpoint activity lately, just in time for the holidays. This year marks the eighth consecutive year that the county has been awarded money to implement more DUI checkpoints. It has been reported that the county has received approximately $450,000 to combat drunk driving through September 2013. Tonight, DUI checkpoints will be set up at: Little Armenia / East Hollywood DUI Checkpoint – Vermont at Santa Monica Blvd, 8p-2a Los Angeles (Pico-Union) DUI Checkpoint – Vermont at Pico, 8p-2a Santa Clarita – undisclosed location, 6p-2a Lancaster – undisclosed location, 6p-2a...

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BLOW ME! IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES ARE NOW MANDATORY FOR ALL DUI CASES

The New Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Law Under a new pilot program that affects Los Angeles DUI matters as well as DUI cases in Alameda, Sacramento, and Tulare counties, first time and repeat offenders must now have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on vehicles they own or operate. The new law calls for a five-year pilot program that runs through Dec. 31, 2015. According to the Governor and the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles this program is designed to cut down on repeat offenses of drunk driving. “Far too many Californians die needlessly at the hands...