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DUI Prevention Training May Soon Be Required in California Bars

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drunk driving fatalities, California drunk driving laws, San Jose drunk driving defense attorney, DUI prevention training, California barsDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or DUI, is a serious offense in California, and the state has a number of laws which aim to improve roadway safety and punish drivers who put others in danger. However, the prevalence of drunk driving continues to be a concern, with more than one-third of all car accident fatalities in the state involving drunk drivers. As a result, California is looking to implement additional laws in hopes of reducing drunk driving deaths.

Drunk Driving Prevention Training

Many advocates believe that drunk driving fatalities can be prevented if people intervene before someone who is impaired gets behind the wheel. Bartenders and servers of alcoholic beverages are particularly in a position to identify when people are too inebriated to drive and help ensure that they do not drive while drunk.

In hopes of helping these workers improve public safety, the California state legislature recently passed the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act of 2017. This law would require servers and managers at businesses which serve alcohol to undergo training on how to serve alcohol responsibly. This training would not only cover a business’s legal obligations, but it would help servers understand the effects of alcohol on the body and how to identify and prevent potential drunk driving situations.

This law was authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), who noted that other states, such as Oregon, have put similar programs into law, and this has resulted in a decrease in the number of drunk driving fatalities.

California Drunk Driving Laws

The state of California has a number of laws in place to prevent drunk driving, but advocates believe that there is still room for improvement. In a recent study by WalletHub of the strictness of drunk driving laws in different states, California was ranked 21st overall, although it ranked first in the average increase in insurance rates for drunk drivers, fifth in the length of jail time served by people convicted of DUI, and sixth in the severity of license suspensions for people arrested for DUI.

The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving has given California 3.5 out of five stars in its rating of drunk driving laws. A MADD spokesperson stated that while a law which will expand California’s ignition interlock program starting in January 2019 is a good first step, these devices should be a requirement for everyone convicted of DUI, and that drunk driving with a passenger who is a minor should be a felony in the state.

Contact Our San Jose, CA DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, a skilled, experienced defense attorney can help you understand the best approach to your defense and help you get back on the road with minimal disruption to your life. To schedule a free consultation, contact a San Jose drunk driving defense attorney at 408-246-3004.

Sources:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Bill-Requiring-Drunk-Driving-Prevention-Training-for-Bartenders-Sent-to-Governors-Desk-443847923.html

http://www.laweekly.com/news/california-maintains-strict-dui-laws-but-critics-want-more-8527937

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1221

https://wallethub.com/edu/dui-penalties-by-state/13549/

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