Fresno County produces an information sheet on DUI's and vertical prosecution.
I have included a link to the page at the bottom of this blog:
* Some areas that are covered on the fact sheet are that the Fresno County DA's office received grants from The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund their DUI prosecutions.
* They also provide the following tips:
* They state to never driver a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.
* Make a decision to operate you vehicle in a responsible manner
* Use a designated driver, and they define a designated driver as one who is not drinking. I would add other substances to the list of desired qualifications to be a designated driver, and avoid DUI related problems such as accidents, injuries, and arrest.
* Exercise responsibility in your drinking or consumption of a alcohol.
* Following the law by wearing a safety belt when in a vehicle, which helps to decrease the severity of injuries and death in case of an accident.
* Be an alert driver, aware of your surroundings and report people who are driving under the influence. (I'll assume they don't want you to text the information and prefer your use a wireless hands free device when reporting them to the authorities).
* Take a cab, use public transportation or call another person to drive you from any location you are leaving to your desired location.
* Finally, they urge the community to support strengthening of DUI laws and prosecution
Sobering Facts: According to the CHP Website
- Half of all Americans will be involved in an alcohol-involved traffic accidentin his/her lifetime.
- Nearly 23,000 people are killed every year in alcohol-related taffic collisions.
- A life is lost every 22 minutes in an alcohol-related taffic incidents in America.
- The California average alcohol-related fatality costs $3.8 million, including $1 million in monetary costs and $2.8 million in quality of life losses.
- A 12 oz. can of beer, a 5 oz. glass of wine, and a 1.5 oz. shot of liquor all have about the same amount of alcohol.
- An individual's critical driving skills can become impaired at blood alcohol levels well below the legal limit.