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Nicole Richie Completes Probation Earlier Than Expected

It looks like reality star Nicole Richie has been a good girl this year and a Los Angeles judge has rewarded her by terminating her probation. E! Online reported that Nicole Richie was sentenced to probation after her 2006 DUI conviction and that a judge extended the length of her probation last summer to go through March 2011. The extended probation was because she had missed several alcohol-education classes that were required by the court.

New Year's Day: Most Dangerous Day To Drive

Many people are aware that there are many alcohol-related crashes around the holidays and at the end of the year. However, some would be surprised to find out that New Year's Day is actually one of the most dangerous days to get behind the wheel, due to the high number of drunk drivers on the road.

U.S. News and World Report states that the average number of alcohol-related crashes on New Year's Day is almost 150 percent higher than the average for the same day of the week during the holiday season, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This year, New Year's Day falls on Saturday. So it's especially important for drivers to be careful and look out for drunk people on the road.

Ezekial Rodriguez Arrested After Alleged DUI Accident In Burbank

An alleged DUI crash in the city of Burbank sent multiple people to the hospital on Christmas Eve after two cars collided near the San Fernando Road underpass of the I-5 freeway. The Los Angeles Times reports that a car was driving in the wrong direction in the southbound lanes, resulting with a head on collision with another vehicle. Authorities suspect that the driver that was traveling in the wrong direction was under the influence of alcohol.

The legal trouble did not end with just a DUI arrest. Police say that the alleged wrong way driver, who was later identified as 30-year-old Ezekial Rodriguez, fled the scene on foot after the accident and went into a nearby McDonald's.

DUI Checkpoints In Los Angeles 12/23/10 - 1/1/11

Happy holidays! It's officially that time of year where local law enforcement agencies do everything that they can to crack down on drunk driving crimes in the area. This holiday week, Los Angeles drivers should expect to see numerous sobriety checkpoints in the area. The Los Angeles Police Department has already confirmed that there will be checkpoints and saturation patrols at the following times and locations.

Steven and Douglas Uselton Killed in Alleged DUI Crash

A father and son in Orange County were on their way to a speech and debate tournament last Saturday, but died in an early-morning car crash at Crescent and Knott avenues in Buena Park. KTLA News reports that Orange County authorities are saying that 18-year-old Angel Lopez of Anaheim caused the accident that killed Douglas Uselton and his father Steven Uselton and that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Drunk Driving Charges Go Beyond DUI

The legal penalties of getting in a drunk driving accident in Los Angeles can go beyond a misdemeanor DUI conviction. KTLA News reports that Los Angeles County prosecutors recently charged 31-year-old Issac Bandt with three counts of murder, felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run after he allegedly caused a fatal traffic collision in Vernon and tried to flee the scene of the accident.

The collision in Vernon occurred at Alameda Street and Vernon Avenue last Saturday at 10:00 p.m. Three people were reportedly killed in the accident, including 30-year-old Rafael Chavez-Rodriguez, 25-year-old Jessika Quinonez-Gonzalez, and 70-year-old Amanda Samoya. A 6-year-old boy that was identified as Jessika Quinonez-Gonzalez's son was also injured in the high speed crash.

California Is Average In Terms Of DUI Rates

Data collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that about 13.2 percent of Americans that are 16 years of age and older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year, according to CBS News. The study also concluded that 4.3 percent of Americans drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the same time period.

How does California rank among the other U.S. states? Researchers found that the drunk driving and drugged driving rates in California are not the highest, nor the lowest. CBS News states that the state ranks about average when it comes to driving both under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs. According to the study, the states with the highest rate of drunk driving are Wisconsin and North Dakota, while the states with the lowest rates of drunk driving are Rhode Island and Vermont.

Andrew Thomas Gallo To Be Sentenced

Los Angeles and Orange County baseball fans are awaiting to find out the sentencing terms for 23-year-old Andrew Thomas Gallo, who was convicted of two felony counts of second-degree murder last September for being the driver in the high -speed crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in Nick Adenhart's vehicle. In addition to the second-degree murder conviction, The Orange County Register reports that a Santa Ana jury also found Andrew Thomas Gallo guilty of two felony counts of driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury and one felony count of hit-and-run.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoint On 12/11/10

If you're driving through Los Angeles this weekend, it would be a good idea to designate a sober driver and keep your eye out for police officers patrolling the roads. The Los Angeles Police Department has announced that there will be at least one Los Angeles DUI checkpoint tomorrow night. The checkpoint has been scheduled by LAPD for the following time at location:

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Did you know that December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in the United States? According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, about three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives. Because we see the most DUI arrests in December around the holidays, now might be a good time to learn more information on the ways that you can prevent a DUI conviction. The month of December is also a good time to learn about DUI laws in the state and about possible defenses to DUI.

Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Actor Gary Collins

Some people might say that actor Gary Collins is pulling a Lindsay Lohan by not showing up in court for a probation progress report. The Toronto Sun reported that the 1970s television star was scheduled to appear in court last month for a progress hearing that was in connection with his 2007 drunk driving accident. However, when Gary Collins did not show up for his hearing, a Los Angeles judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Not showing up to any court hearing could land a person in serious trouble with the law. Gary Collins will now probably need a Los Angeles DUI attorney for defense in his case if he wants to avoid jail time and prevent his probation from being terminated.

North Hollywood DUI Checkpoint on 12/3/10

The Los Angeles Police Department has announced a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint tonight in North Hollywood, where LAPD officers will be checking drivers at the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and drug impairments. Through a press release, LAPD announced that the DUI checkpoint will take place at the following time and location:

Singer Faith Evans Pleads No Contest To Reckless Driving

The 37-year-old R&B singer Faith Evans was sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to undergo a three-month alcohol treatment program, and pay a $300 fine plus penalties after being convicted of a misdemeanor reckless driving charge. E! Online reported that the Grammy Award winning singer pleaded no contest to the reckless driving charge on Monday after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, thanks to help from her Los Angeles DUI attorney.