Drunk Driving In California

Arrested for drunk driving in California? It may be some small comfort to know you’re not being singled out. Driving under the influence is the most frequently charged misdemeanor in the state. In 2012, alone, there were over 180,000 separate DUI criminal filings in California. The California Drunk Driving Statute is Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) and (b).

Traffic fatalities increased 1.2 percent from 2,966 in 2012 to 3,000 in 2013. The 2012 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled is 0.91, and marks the fifth time California has been below 1.0. California is much better than the national 1.09 MDR.

Here is how California matches up against national fatality statistics:


Interesting factors in how California determine level of sobriety:

• Your Weight. It takes less alcohol to become intoxicated if you weigh 120 pounds than if
you weigh 180 pounds.

• Whether you are drinking on a full or empty stomach. It takes less time to get intoxicated
if you drink on an empty stomach.

• How many drinks you have and their alcohol content.

• How long you have been drinking.

• Whether you are taking any medicines or drugs, which may combine with alcohol to
increase the effect of alcohol and therefor your level of impairment.

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