More of the drivers convicted of drunk driving in California each year will be required to have ignition interlock devices fitted to their vehicles when Senate Bill 1046 goes into effect on Jan. 1. The law, which apples to first-time DUI offenders who are in an accident that injures others, is being rolled out statewide after pilot programs in Tulare, Alameda and Los Angeles counties were successful.
When the operator of a motor vehicle in California is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while behind the wheel, he or she may face a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Generally, when a driver is charged with his or her first DUI, he or she is arrested and placed in jail for a brief period of time. Oftentimes, a first-time offender is able to leave jail after bail is set and posted provided he or she is no longer under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A judge in California has handed down a sentence of 30 years to life to a 26-year-old woman who caused a wrong-way accident in 2014 that claimed the lives of six people including her sister. The San Bernardino County resident learned of her fate during a Dec. 5 sentencing hearing in Los Angeles. Toxicology tests performed about three hours after the fatal crash are said to have revealed the woman's blood alcohol concentration to be almost double the .08 percent drunk driving limit.
A California judge has ordered "Ray Donovan" star Marion Hall to take part in an addiction program and have an ignition interlock device installed in his Chrysler 300 sedan. The order was handed down on Oct. 26 during a bail hearing in Los Angeles. The 44-year-old actor will also be required to attend at least two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week until his drunk driving case is resolved. He faces child endangerment and felony DUI charges stemming from an Oct. 3 accident in Burbank.
Drug impairment has become an increasingly serious road safety issue in recent years, and the National Transportation Safety Board has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take steps to address the problem. In an Oct. 16 statement, the agency called for standards to be written for a standardized roadside test that could be used by police officers across the country to identify drug-impaired drivers. A deepening opioid crisis and recreational marijuana laws like the one passed in California are thought to be largely responsible for the surge in drug-related road deaths.
A California professional athlete is facing DUI charges after being arrested in Ventura County on Sept. 16. Aaron Neary, a practice squad center with the Los Angeles Rams, was detained after he collided with mailboxes, a bus stop sign and trash cans in Simi Valley at around 6:27 p.m. The accident happened near the intersection of Royal Avenue and Sinaloa Road. Simi Valley police claimed that they received multiple calls complaining about Neary's driving, reporting that someone was operating a vehicle erratically and hitting fixed objects without stopping.