In a tragic DUI accident near Hanford last week, a thirteen-year-old boy along with his father and mother were killed. The teenager and his father died at the scene while mother passed away after arriving at the hospital. According to a sibling, “with a snap of a finger,” the family of six is now a family of three. According to reports, the family was returning from the son’s basketball practice in Fresno when the car they were riding in was struck. A 1992 Chevy pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of Idaho Avenue and Highway 43. The crash was still under investigation, but the California Highway Patrol said that the 42-year old driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He could face multiple felony charges once he is released from the hospital.
According to a Your Central Valley report by Eric Luttrell, the victim in a DUI accident was identified as a 59-year old man from Kerman. The crash occurred on Jensen between Grantland and Chateau Fresno. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with felony DUI as a result of the crash. In addition to impaired driving, investigators said that the dense fog might have also contributed to the traffic accident.
Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. Thousands of people are killed or injured in drunk driving accidents each year across the United States. The intoxicated person not only takes his life into his hands but he risks the lives and health of everyone on the road when he chooses to get behind the wheel. Because of the risk to the public, California takes a very serious stance against drunk driving. As Christmas and New Year’s Eve approach, the number of drunk drivers on the road is expected to increase. Many of these drivers will be hitting the road after a holiday party. If that is the case, can you hold the bar or host responsible if the drunk driver causes an accident that injures another person?
Unfortunately, no one will know the answer to this question until a new law goes into effect next year that allows barber shops and beauty salons to serve alcohol to clients. AB1322, also known as the “Drybar Bill,” was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on September 28. The law does not go into effect until January 1, 2017. After the New Year, hair salons throughout California will be permitted to offer their customers beer and wine. The new law adds another 42,000 establishments that can offer alcoholic beverages to customers. Other than the fact that the new law adds more establishments to the list of places where someone can drink alcohol and then drive a vehicle, the law does not require a permit or special license by the hair salon.