San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Blog

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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Can California’s New Law Keep Your Uber Driver from Driving Drunk

Ridesharing services offer a safe alternative to drinking and driving. This is one way you can make sure your loved ones and friends make it home safely after a night out on the town. But this is always not the case. A previous law allowed rideshare drivers to ferry passengers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08, the same as most drivers. A new California law requires that rideshare drivers cannot have a blood alcohol level of greater than 0.04. These are the same laws that affect drivers of passenger shuttles, such as city buses. This law comes into effect after a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) report showed that between 2014 and 2015, there were 2,000 instances where rideshare customers complained that their drivers may have been intoxicated. In these cases, Uber only deactivated 574 driver accounts, more than 25% percent. CPUC concludes that though Uber and other ridesharing…
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