Driving a vehicle after drinking to excess puts every other driver on the road at risk for serious injury and fatality. Driving drunk causes thousands of injuries and death sin the United States every year.
DUI accident claims happen with frequency in California. Statistics show that accident injuries involving alcohol has averaged between 10-12 percent for the past several years. In addition, drivers aged 21-24 years old comprise about 35 percent of the individuals arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
For those who insist on drinking and driving, beware.
Did you know that a DUI ignition-lock program is most likely to go statewide after showing success in four counties in the state?
The program began in July 2010 when certain counties, including Los Angeles, required all DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they own or operate. This is a device that is an alcohol-detection mechanism that drivers must blow into to start their vehicle.
Since the program began, more than 43,000 devices have been installed. Although the pilot program expires in 2015, DUI defense attorneys and law enforcement officials expect it will be renewed and expanded statewide before then.
The program is designed to protect sober motorists and ensure that individuals convicted of drunk driving learn from their mistakes. The devices are proven to reduce drunken driving. Devices, however, are expensive to install – they cost about $100 to install and there’s a $65 a month lease fee.
California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) states,“It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle.”
If you were injured by a drunk driver, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney. Our experienced DUI attorneys will aggressively pursue drunk drivers who injure others through their own negligence. If you need immediate legal help, and want to ensure your rights are protected and hold those responsible to the full extend of the law, you can trust that our legal team will do that, as well as get you compensation for your pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation call our law office to discuss all your options 909-335-0444.