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October 2010 Archives

FDA Warns of Dangers of Alcoholic Energy Drinks

If you're consuming alcoholic drinks mixed with caffeine or alcoholic energy drinks, then you might be more likely to be arrested for DUI than a person sipping liquor with no caffeine. This is because caffeine may lead people to underestimate how drunk they really are. Food and Safety News reports that the caffeine mixed with alcohol can give drivers a false sense of sobriety, so people could feel okay to drive when they're actually significantly impaired.

Three Arrests Made in L.A. School Bus Crash

The school bus crash in Boyle Heights that killed a pedestrian and injured 20 Roosevelt High School students was tragic for many people in the Los Angeles community. However, parents and students might feel relieved to know that three teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the three suspects are now being investigated for DUI. After the crash, the driver that hit the school bus tried to flee the scene. However, the boy was later caught by authorities after being stopped by a nearby construction worker. The teenage suspects were all hospitalized and investigators are now waiting for the results of blood tests to determine whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the accident.

Lindsay Lohan Avoids Jail Once Again, Ordered to Return to Rehab

Actress Lindsay Lohan has been known to get of easy for violating the terms of her probation, thanks to Los Angeles DUI attorney Shawn Chapman Holley. Last month, the celebrity was told that she would spend 30 days in jail for a probation violation stemming from a 2007 misdemeanor DUI conviction. Yet the Los Angeles Times reports that at a court hearing last Friday, Beverly Hills Judge Elden Fox sentenced Lindsay Lohan to stay in rehab until January 3, 2011 instead of a jail sentence.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoint on 10/22/10

Once again, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department will be on the lookout for impaired drivers tonight. LAPD announced that at least one sobriety checkpoint will be taking place tonight at the following L.A location.

Schwarzenegger Signs On Crackdown On Repeat DUI Offenders

Repeat DUI offenders in California will have to watch out.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1601 last month, authorizing California judges to revoke a drivers' license for up to 10 years if a person has been convicted of driving under the influence three or more times in a 10-year period.

California Newswire reports that the current state law only allows for a person convicted of DUI three or more times to have a drivers' license revoked for no more than three years. The new law is set to go into effect on January 1, 2012.

Man Loses Son After Drinking Too Much

A West Covina man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest last Sunday in Pasadena. However, the man is now facing even more severe charges for allegedly losing his 3-year-old son for more than a day while he got drunk.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the suspect Joe Louie Kurihara has been charged with felony child-endangerment charge and four misdemeanor counts that include two resisting arrest charges, one count of obstructing or delaying law enforcement, and one count of public intoxication. The 3-year-old boy was eventually found Sunday evening inside of the father's car in a parking garage. The 3-year-old was then placed in the custody of Los Angeles County child welfare authorities after a medical examination.

Sylmar Teen Daniel Marin Dies in DUI Crash

A 17-year-old boy died earlier this month in what police officers say was a drunk driving collision in the city of Pacoima. At the location of the crash on the corner of Chamberlain Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the San Fernando Sun reports that people in the community placed candles, flowers, photos of the victim, and images of the Virgen de Guadalupe to mourn for Daniel Marin.

What Are SCRAM Devices?

Lindsay Lohan is just one celebrity who has been ordered to wear a SCRAM device multiple times. But what is SCRAM and how do such devices work?

DUIAttorney.com reports that SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) is an alcohol monitoring device that is typically worn around a DUI offender's ankle. The device detects the amount of alcohol that is present in a person's perspiration and is required to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for certain people. The device operates by random samples of a person's perspiration being taken at least once an hour with results of the perspiration sample being transported to authorities. Hence, a judge will be notified if alcohol is consumed.

Matt Keough Awaits Sentence in DUI Case

A hearing on October 14 will determine if retired major league baseball pitcher Matt Keough goes to prison or gets probation for his most recent DUI offense. The Orange County Register reports that the baseball star pleaded guilty in July to felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

A felony DUI conviction often results with time in prison, but in this case a Newport Beach judge sent Matt Keough to a 90-day diagnostic program where he was to be evaluated on whether he was eligible for just probation. A judge can sentence the baseball pitcher to up to three years in prison for this felony DUI conviction, but the defendant has a DUI attorney representing him who is likely to argue for just probation.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints on 10/8/2010

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department say that they're continuing their efforts of enforcing DUI laws and raising awareness of the consequences of impaired driving. Tonight, it would be a good idea to designate a sober driver when going out to the bars, because police will be on the prowl for drunk drivers. LAPD has announced that there will be a driver's license and sobriety checkpoint tonight at the following location:

Many Drivers Hospitalized After DUI Crash Avoid DUI Conviction

If you're trying to avoid a DUI conviction, it might be a good idea to go directly to the emergency room after being involved in a drunk driving crash. Reuters reports that among people admitted to the ER with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit of .08 percent in California, only 59 percent of those people are actually convicted of DUI.

Why is this true? After all, if you end up in the hospital after driving under the influence of alcohol, you would probably think that there's a greater likelihood of facing criminal charges. However, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevents doctors from giving out patient information, including blood alcohol levels to police officers.

L.A. Ranked Among Top 20 Cities With Most DUI Offenders

Los Angeles stands as one of the most populated cities in America, but did you know that this Southern Californian hub is ranked among the top 20 metro areas with the most DUI offenders? Insurance.com reported that the city of Los Angeles has the seventh largest percentage of drivers with alcohol-related driving convictions. San Diego, San Jose, and Charlotte, North Carolina were ranked as the top three cities with the highest percentage of DUI offenders.