Arnold Schwarzenegger is making sure that motorists that drive under the influence (DUI) will not be back on the roads. That is because last month, California’s governor signed a handful of new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2009 that are designed to crack down upon DUIs.
“The overall safety of the motoring public is our primary concern,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Not only will these new laws enhance a motorist’s safety, many of them are a step toward ridding the roadways of drunk drivers and the tragedy they cause.”
Our drunk-driving accident lawyers think that you should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated or you could find yourself and others on the bad side of a wrongful death accident. What’s the saddest part of this? DUI accidents are completely preventable.
One of the new laws designed to limit car accidents caused drivers under the influence is the Driving Under the Influence Zero Tolerance Law. This new law prevents a convicted DUI offender from driving a car with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .01 percent or greater while on probation for DUI (the legal limit in California is a .08 BAC). We, as auto accident lawyers, believe that no one should step behind the wheel if they have had anything to drink at all, and restrictions like this one could go a long way towards improving road safety. Drunk-driving causes reckless driving which, in turn, lead to wrongful deaths. If there are ways to further limit the amount of DUIs that happen each year, then why not seek them all out?
Another new law, signed into action by Gov. Schwarzenegger, requires the court to order a person convicted of alcohol-related reckless driving to participate in a licensed DUI program for at least nine months, if that person has a prior alcohol-related reckless driving or DUI within ten years.
If we can properly educate people that make a mistake and DUI, not only could people learn from their mistakes, but they could also perhaps educate others about their wrong-doings. With more education, fewer people will make the mistakes that lead to deadly car accidents.
We can only hope that with a few more restrictions on DUI offenders, that car accident statistics — which many have led to deaths — can finally go down.
Our drunk-driving accident lawyers see first-hand the pain and suffering inflicted upon people that have been involved in automobile accidents, and sadly, we have also talked with the family members are those that have unfortunately been killed in them. We urge people to make sound decisions when getting behind the wheel. While we know that there will always be drunk drivers, there is always a chance to save at least one life in the future. Is that not what this is all about?
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