Shortly after 11:30 on the night of Wednesday, September 15th, a 22-year-old drunk driver lost control of his car while rounding a curve on Highway 74 in Palm Desert, California. The vehicle overturned, the accident injuring both the driver and his passenger, who was taken to a nearby hospital.
This was not the driver, Gustavo Islas Duran’s, first DUI, explains a California injury lawyer. Last January, he received a misdemeanor for driving under the influence and was still on probation for this offense when he decided to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol on Wednesday night.
In the last month, DUI repeat offenders in California have received widespread coverage from the media. This crash occurred just one day after the trials of two men responsible for fatal car accidents began in Orange County: that of Thomas Gallo, the drunk driver who, while still on probation for a prior DUI, crashed into the vehicle carrying Angels’ rookie pitcher Nick Aidenhart and two others; and that of Angel Herrera, whose failure to learn the dangers of driving under the influence from his two previous DUIs led him to take the wheel while intoxicated yet again, drive the wrong way on the 5 Freeway, collide head-on with another vehicle, and kill his passenger.
Every 45 minutes a life is lost in an alcohol-related accident in the United States. In response, many states, including California, have increased efforts to combat drunk driving. Recently, California implemented a program that requires first-time and repeat DUI offenders in four counties, Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare, to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. Drivers are forced to breathe into a tube connected to a machine that detects alcohol; this machine, in turn, is linked to the automobile’s ignition, preventing it from starting if alcohol is detected. If successful, the program could expand to cover the entire state. Hopefully, these devices, in combination with an increased number of DUI checkpoints, will serve as effective tools for decreasing the incidence of drunk driving in California.
The California injury lawyers at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the passenger who sustained injuries in the Palm Desert accident.A full recovery, as well as offer their condolences to the families who have lost a loved one to a drunk driver.
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