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Drunk Driving Fatalities Increase in California

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released 2017 motor vehicle fatality statistics. Altogether, there were fewer traffic crash fatalities in 2017 than in 2016. Though hardly an improvement, drunk driving fatalities decreased by one percent. In concern to California, there were 3,602 traffic fatalities in 2017. This means that California is no longer the deadliest state for driving. It is now the second deadliest state behind Texas. However, now more of California’s traffic fatalities include alcohol-impaired drivers. Up two percent from 2016, 31 percent of California’s 2017 traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver. With the holidays approaching, drunk and drugged driving will increase. If you go out and drink with friends and family this holiday, take a few minutes to plan ahead to find a sober ride home. If you are traveling in or between San Diego County cities, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is an inexpensive public transportation…
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It’s No Treat When Accidents Happen on Halloween

With costumes, head pieces, eyewear, makeup and pranks on Halloween, trick or treating can be fun. However, if an accident happens, the thrill is gone. Halloween is coming, and data compiled by the National Safety Council shows a spike in accidents related to this spooky holiday. Studies find that about 17 percent of those accidents involve pedestrians rushing into intersections when they weren’t supposed to, and 15 percent are attributed to poor lighting or dark clothing. Always apply plenty of reflective tape to costumes so they light up in the night. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths on Halloween are caused by drunk driving. In addition, 26 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involve drunken drivers. Car accidents are common, and usually occur between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. as the sun is beginning to set, making it more…
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Stoned Drivers in California Hit a Speed Bump

When it comes to driving under the influence (DUI) laws in California, personal definitions of “buzzed” driving can vary, depending on the individual.  Recreational marijuana use became legal for adults over age 21 recently, but there’s still a grey area on how police will identify and test drivers for suspected marijuana use violations. The American Journal of Public Health studied motor vehicle crashes in the states of Washington and Colorado, both before and after these states legalized marijuana. Released in July 2017, based on the study’s results, researchers discovered that changes in fatality and crash rates were not “significantly different” from states that did not alter their marijuana laws based on similar traffic, roadway and population characteristics. Opponents of legal cannabis have argued that passing those laws will lead to more traffic accidents and fatalities. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that marijuana use may…
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