Explains Drunk Driving – Warns It Is A Very Serious Matter

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December 30, 1998

MILL VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 30, 1998–It happens every New Years Eve. People celebrate, have too much to drink, yet think they are “okay to drive”. They are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or stopped at a checkpoint and asked to take a field sobriety test.

During the 1997-98 New Year’s Holiday, some 1,289 drivers were arrested for DUI in California according to California Highway Patrol spokesperson Nanci Kramer. New Years’ DUI arrests are nearly 5 times greater than on ordinary days. Yet, those arrested can be considered the lucky ones, at least when compared to the 47 killed and 981 injured in California in alcohol-related accidents last New Year’s.

California is one of 16 states that makes it a “per se” offense to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. (The other 34 states use a less stringent 0.10% test.) Even those whose blood-alcohol is below that level can still be found guilty of DUI if they drive while their senses of seeing, hearing and/or judging distances are impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, explains the leading legal Website for consumers and small business.

This year, with the Millenium approaching, CHP’s Kramer senses “the party mode is amped up”. As a result, every available patrol officer will be on duty from 4 PM on December 31st to Midnight on January 3rd.

A full explanation of the elements of drunk driving, a review of what police look for in deciding to pull people over, and a discussion of the rights of those pulled over for possible drunk driving is available at The site also recommends that anyone arrested retain an attorney immediately, and contains links to qualified attorneys on contains thousands of frequently asked questions in over 100 legal topic areas with answers prepared by leading law firms and law professors nationwide. The site was voted the Number 1 “extremely
useful” legal Website for consumers in the 1998 USA Today — Intelliquest Poll and is a unit of Advice & Counsel, based in Mill Valley, CA.

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