Teen Arrested for DUI in Riverside

A 19 year- old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving impaired after a collision in Riverside early Saturday, Oct. 27 left one man dead, according to Riverside police.

The Fire Department responded to the scene and found a two-car collision with major damage, officials said in a news release. They soon realized a person was trapped inside a vehicle that had come to rest on a cable communication box and had died.

According to the police, the other car had a woman with minor injuries who removed herself from the car on her own. A man who was a passenger in that car also sustained minor injuries. They were treated at the scene.

Both vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on Central Avenue when the Toyota SUV was traveling west on the avenue and crossed over into the eastbound lane, colliding with a Honda Accord that was traveling east.

The 52-year-old Riverside resident was the sole occupant driver of the Honda that was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female driver of the SUV, a student in San Diego, showed signs of narcotics use and was booked at the Riverside County Jail Saturday for felony driving under the influence and vehicular slaughter, according to officials.

The streets on Central Avenue between Carlo and Montclair were blocked until about 1 p.m.

The Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating.

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DUI Crash that Injured Kids

A mother from Cherokee County in Georgia, was indicted last week on charges of speeding and driving under the influence before she crashed into a tree and injured herself and her two daughters.

McKenzie Lynn Reints was indicted for two counts each of serious injury by vehicle, endangering a child while driving under the influence and cruelty to children in the second degree and one count each of DUI, reckless and speeding. Two charges are felonies while the remaining crimes are misdemeanors.

Around 10:12 p.m. on June 18th in the 1400 block of Silver Fox Run, Reint was behind the wheel of a 2010 Ford Flex when the vehicle steered off the roadway and crashed head-on into a tree.

According to the corporal in the incident report he wrote, “While inspecting the interior of the vehicle, I noticed several open beer cans in the rear passenger area of the vehicle. I attempted to speak with the driver, but she seemed disoriented and confused.”

Before Reint was transported by ambulance to Northside Hospital in Cherokee, she spoke to one deputy and allegedly said: she consumed three mixed brand canned beverages while at the pool.”

Her two daughters inside the car were transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for injuries to their legs caused by the accident. Arrest warrants also state Reints’ blood alcohol level was .267 grams at the time of the crash and the Ford Flex was traveling 46 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone.

Reints is scheduled to be arraigned at 9.am. Thursday, Nov. 8 in courtroom 2C at the Cherokee County Justice Center in downtown Canton.

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Suspected DUI Crash That Ripped Car in Half in Pasadena

On Monday morning, two women were hospitalized, and a car was ripped in half as the result of a suspected DUI crash in Pasadena.

The collision was reported near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Wilson Avenue just after 3 a.m., said the Pasadena Police Department.

The investigation is still going on, but it is believed that a black 2015 Dodge Charger driven by 26-year-old women from Pasadena ran a red light at a high rate of speed before crashing into a green 1995 Honda Civic.

The Dodge Charger then uncontrollably shifted and hit a wooden pole.

The Civic, driven by a 43- year old woman, was split in half as a result of the impact.

Both women involved in the crash were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition, the police stated.

The unidentified driver of the Dodge Charger is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, according to the Police Department.

The intersections were closed for several hours after the crash.

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DUI Drivers to Have Ignition System

A new law went into effect Oct. 1, 2018 in Nevada, cracking down on repeat DUI offenders. Anyone arrested for driving under the influence will be required to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles.

The device was designed to make it more difficult for impaired drivers to get behind the wheel.

Clark County prosecutors are on a mission to go after impaired drivers and make sure they learned their lesson.

The new law put into place hopes to prevent the same faces from coming back in to their courtrooms.

Senate Bill 259 was approved last June. It requires drivers busted with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 and above to get an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle for 90 days after an arrest.

If convicted, they will have to have the device for at least six months.

The Las Vegas Justice Court estimates they convict about 100 people a day. A judge can make an exception if the driver provides medical proof that they are unable to give a deep lung sample or if the driver lives more than 100 miles away from a manufacturer of the device.

The changes will crack down on tampering with the devices. It will be a misdemeanor to offer to give a sample breath for someone else.

An ignition interlock is a device installed in a vehicle that measures the level of alcohol in breath. Connected directly to a vehicle’s ignition system, drivers are required to blow into the attached mouthpiece to test their breath alcohol concentration. If alcohol is detected, the interlock device prevents the vehicle from starting. By law, ignition interlock devices are equipped with cameras to confirm that the individual who provided the breath is the one driving the vehicle.

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, states with the ignition interlock device laws saw a reduction of 16 percent in drunk driving related deaths.

The new law aims to save more lives.

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Electric scooter DUI Prosecution

City Attorney Mike Feuer said Thursday the prosecution of 28-year-old Nicholas Kauffroath was the first motorized scooter driving under the influence legal case with a charge in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Kauffroath was riding a Bird electric scooter on a sidewalk in West Los Angeles when he knocked down a pedestrian and neglected to stop or find help. Authorities later took Kauffroath into custody, where they found that he was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
Nicholas pleaded no contest to one count of operating a motorized scooter while under the influence and one count of hit-and-run. He was placed on 36 months of probation, fined $550, required to complete a three-month DUI alcohol program and ordered to pay restitution to the 64-year-old pedestrian victim.
“Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike — or a scooter — is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse,” Feuer said in a statement. “This conviction demonstrates our office’s continued effort to enforce our drunk driving laws and make our streets and sidewalks safer.”
Motorized rental scooters have taken cities across the U.S. by storm, as they are an affordable, convenient means of transportation. But along with their popularity, there has been a rise in concerns.
Before customers can ride, they are required to confirm that they will not ride while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication.
California’s laws against operating a vehicle while impaired are most commonly applied to drivers. But the restrictions also apply to motorcycles, bicycles and motorized scooters.

Don’t drink and scoot.

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