A survey set up by the California Office of Traffic Safety showed some surprising findings in regards to driving under the influence. Although drunk driving may be the more well-known form of this crime, the findings of this survey show that drugged driving is more common on the weekends. Over 1,300 people took part in this survey that took place in nine cities in California. The checkpoints were set up along roads between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night. The drivers were tested for alcohol consumption, illegal drugs, as well as legal prescription drugs which impair driving.
The results of this voluntary survey showed that 7.3% of the individuals were driving while under the influence of alcohol. It was also shown that 14% of the people in this survey were under the influence of drugs which could impair driving, 7% of whom were under the influence of marijuana. The Office of Traffic Safety has released a statement saying that this survey has added weight to their decision to crack down on drugged driving.
Throughout the country, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%. Although there is no set percentage regarding driving under the influence of drugs, those found to have drugs in their system can still be arrested for and convicted of DUI. This being said, if you were mistakenly accused of drugged driving or drunk driving, you need to ensure that you have a strong legal advocate on your side.
Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from our team at Martinian & Associates Inc. We could investigate your case and seek to determine how best to help you. Call today to schedule a case evaluation!