Chris Kattan at the premiere of Baby Mama in New York City at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014, former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed into the back of a state Department of Transportation vehicle in Encino, reported the Los Angeles Times. A 911 caller reported that Kattan’s 2011 Mercedes was weaving on the westbound 101 near Balboa Boulevard before it crossed over orange safety cones and collided with the DOT vehicle, which was parked on the right shoulder where Caltrans crews were working on a guardrail. No one was hurt in the accident. Authorities arrested Kattan on suspicion of DUI.
Drunk driving claims thousands of lives every year in the United States, and, unfortunately, the incidence of deadly DUI crashes is rising. Accidents involving drunk drivers that resulted in fatalities increased 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of these crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 of higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
Given that repeat DUI offenders are often responsible for deaths on our roads, the NHTSA is focusing on deterrence through ignition interlock devices and recently released a “Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs” to help states develop and implement breath alcohol ignition interlock programs based on highly successful practices from the U.S. and around the world.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie are glad that motorists took the responsibility to report a drunk driver on the road last night and that no one was injured in the accident.
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