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CA Might Lower BAC Limit For DUI Drivers


Lawmakers in Sacramento are considering a bill that would change California’s legal blood alcohol content level (BAC) from 0.8 percent to 0.5 percent. If this bill passes, it would make California the second state in the USA (along with Utah) to have such low BAC limits.

People in support of Assembly Bill 1713 believe this tougher standard will deter DUI drivers from getting behind the wheel. Assembly members claim far too many DUI-related deaths in California could’ve easily been prevented.

Recent statistics show that DUI fatalities rose by about 16 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the Golden State. Over 1,050 Californians lost their lives in DUI crashes in 2016.

Drunk Driving Standards In CA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 30 American motorists die in alcohol-related DUI accidents per day. That’s just below 10,500 deaths every year.

Like most states in the USA, it’s currently illegal for adults in California to operate a vehicle with a BAC of over 0.08 percent. Anyone under 21-years-old that’s caught driving a vehicle with a BAC of 0.01 percent will also face disciplinary action.

Since marijuana is now legal for recreational use in California, many police departments are also cracking down on drivers who have cannabis in their system. The same DUI laws used for alcohol-related crashes also apply for weed, illegal drugs, and certain medications.

To learn more about California’s DUI standards, please visit this webpage put together by the state’s DMV.

Accused Of DUI? Get Bortel DUI Defense On Your Side

Anyone involved in a DUI crash in the Bay Area should give the Law Firm of Aaron Bortel a call. Our lawyers are experts in DUI defense and can help you make sense of California’s complex legal system.

Just because you’ve been accused of DUI doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line for you. Our legal team has years of experience helping clients avoid jail time, license suspensions, and exorbitant fines.

Please don’t hesitate to call the Law Firm of Aaron Bortel at (415) 523-7878 if you have any questions about your DUI case.

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.