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Yes, you read the title correctly. It may be totally inappropriate to write in a blog, but it is true. It is not illegal to drink and drive. Perhaps the best way to phrase that is not unlawful to drive after consuming alcohol. It is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol. What is the difference? The amount of alcohol in your bloodstream and whether it impairs you driving ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

You probably think the legal term “driving under the influence” only applies to drivers who are drunk or drugged and operate a motor vehicle. Your are partially correct. In a sense. you are wrong, as well. A driving under the influence charge, or DUI, is not limited to the typical motor vehicles that you are probably thinking of like trucks and cars. In fact, California law enforcement can arrest you for driving other vehicles. It does not matter if that “vehicle” is what usually qualifies as vehicle.

A Halloween arrest is definitely not a treat. You may feel like others who have been stopped and arrested for DUI on Halloween, that it is just a trick. However, a Halloween DUI arrest is a harsh reality with even harsher consequences.

You probably already know that your level of alcohol intoxication is determined by the ratio of alcohol to blood in your body. Based on that ratio, California created its blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, limit. Anyone at or above the following limits can be accused of driving under the influence, or DUI, in the state:

  • 0.08 percent for drivers in passenger motor vehicles.
  • 0.04 percent for commercial drivers.
  • 0.00 percent for any driver under the age of 21 years old. This means California has zero tolerance for drivers in this age group drinking and driving.

Will laser technology be the next big advancement in technology used during driving under the influence investigations? Well, the question has been greatly debated since the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing article. The article titled Stand-off Detection of Alcohol in Car Cabins discussed how laser technology could be used to detect alcohol in a vehicle’s cabin. The cabin of a motor vehicle is the area where the driver and passengers sit.

What you do and do not do at a traffic stop can make a positive difference during a potential DUI arrest. Remember what you say and do may have a strong impact in two ways:

  • Whether you are actually arrested for DUI
  • How much evidence police and prosecutors can use against you if there are formal charges ultimately filed against you.

Have you or your loved one been recently charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, and have a previous DUI conviction? It is not an uncommon occurrence. Statistics reveal that a significant percentage of drivers convicted for DUI are charged with another DUI later. Although this is not uncommon, having multiple DUIs in California increases a current DUI charge to an aggravated offense. When aggravated circumstances are involved, you are facing harsher penalties and consequences.

In the fight against drinking and driving, law enforcement and safety regulators are continuously working to implement new methods to prevent and prosecute DUI incidents. The foundation of many of these new measures is technological advancements. As a California driver, it’s vital to understand what and how technology may be used against you if you are ever charged with a driving under the influence crime.

Majority of Californians have encountered sobriety checkpoints, or DUI checkpoints, while driving. Sobriety checkpoints is an effort to decrease drunk driving. Law enforcement officials generally conduct checkpoints and increase patrols of holidays like the Fourth of July or Labor Day. So what happens when you approach a sobriety checkpoint and choose to drive in another direction to avoid it?

There is no denying the fact that the past 70 years has seen a huge change in how police and the public view driving under the influence. Numerous private organizations, government agencies and lawmakers have focused on DUI laws. For instance, in California a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 percent or higher falls within the DUI statute. Drivers at or above 0.08 BAC are typically arrested for DUI. This shift has helped decrease alcohol-related vehicle accidents across the country. However, it has also caused a rise in the number of DUI arrests.

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