Drunk drivers cause millions of dollars in property damage and personal injury damages each year in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 lives were lost during 2016 because of drunk driving accidents, which was a slight increase from the previous year. This means that someone lost their lives in an alcohol-impaired driving accident every 50 minutes during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI accident fatalities in 2016 with 1,059 deaths.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, we need to keep in mind that some individuals might get behind the wheel of their vehicle after enjoying too many holiday alcoholic beverages. Thanksgiving begins the holiday season for many people. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving may be a day of mourning for some families who lose a loved one in a DUI accident on California roads. Sadly, some families will not enjoy the holidays this year because a careless individual chose to get behind the wheel impaired by alcohol.
Drunk and drugged drivers pose a real and deadly threat to everyone on the road. Drivers using alcohol or drugs have a higher risk of being involved in a traffic accident due to their impaired abilities. Because you cannot stop everyone from getting behind the wheel when they are drunk or drugged, you need to know the signs of an impaired driver so you can report the suspected driver to the police and get out of his way.
Going to the movies has been a favorite choice for many people looking to have a night out or escape their day-to-day routine for a couple of hours. Movie theaters provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy theater entertainment. When we walk into the theaters, the smell of buttery popcorn captivates us and lures us to the refreshment area. According to ABC30 News, The Sierra Vista Theater is appealing to adult age customers who like a nice cold beer or glass of wine while they watch movies by offering alcoholic beverages in addition to their standard non-alcoholic beverages. The added bonus of a reclining chair with your favorite wine or glass of beer creates a maximum movie night experience.
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.