Many drivers have no idea just how easy it is to go over that limit. People who feel sober break this law all the time without realizing it.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY (PRWEB) November 13, 2013
Drivers are more likely to stopped and arrested for drunk driving thanks to a grant given to area law enforcement last month. Attorney James Knox warns that the increased efforts could jail many drivers who think they are driving safe.
The $439,000 grant subsidizes increased DUI patrol efforts by California Highway Patrol, the Riverside County Sheriff Department and local police. Crackdowns will include increased “saturation” patrols and DUI checkpoints according to Avoid the 30 (10.30.2013), a project of the Office of Traffic Safety.
Knox, a San Bernardino, CA personal injury attorney, says that the increased enforcement could have unintended consequences.
“The blood alcohol limit in California is 0.08%,” said Knox, founder of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox. “Many drivers have no idea just how easy it is to go over that limit. People who feel sober break this law all the time without realizing it.”
That's because 0.08% is a low threshold and drinks are often poured heavy, Knox says.
“By a strict blood alcohol estimator, a 120 pound woman would have to drink three cosmos or four glasses of wine,” Knox said. “But the way people actually pour drinks, it could be as little as two.”
Knox also warned that DUI checkpoints are indiscriminate.
“Officers will stop every car coming through,” he said. “Even if it's been hours since you drank you could be arrested.”
About James Knox:
James Lawrence Knox is a founding partner of San Bernardino DUI law firm Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox. MBLK offers one of the best legal teams in California and is dedicated to achieving justice for accident victims. The firm has assisted victims of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents as well as medical malpractice with a high rate of success. They can be contacted at:
Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP
323 W. Court Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401