More than 60 pensioners including three over 75 are among 30,000 drivers banned from roads for driving while high on drugs

  • One in six people killed in crashes have taken illegal substances, statistics found
  • Eight people under the legal driving age of 17 were also barred from the roads
  • Drug driving is the cause of around 320 deaths and serious injuries every year 

More than 60 pensioners including three aged 75 are among 30,000 drivers banned from the roads for drug driving.

In total, 29,225 drivers have been banned for driving after taking illegal substances, since it became an offence in March 2015.

Among these, 18,494 people were banned in the past 21 months, meaning 50 drivers on average were banned every day this year.

About 50 drivers were banned every day this year for driving after taking drug substances

About 50 drivers were banned every day this year for driving after taking drug substances

The oldest drivers to be banned were two men and one woman aged 75, The Sun reported.

Two 15-year-old boys and six 16-year-old boys, all under the legal driving age of 17, were also barred from driving.

One girl and 42 boys aged 17 were banned for taking drugs before driving within 12 months of being legally allowed to drive.

Drug driving became an offence in 2015 and is believed to cause around 320 deaths every year

Drug driving became an offence in 2015 and is believed to cause around 320 deaths every year

According to the law, it is illegal to drive if you are ‘unfit’ to do so because you are on ‘legal or illegal drugs’ or if you ‘have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood’.

Road Safety Charity Brake said: ‘Getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs is selfish, dangerous and puts lives at risk.’

Drug driving causes around 320 deaths and serious injuries every year. 

The Department for Transport found out that one in six drivers killed in car crashes have taken illegal substances.

Among the drivers banned for drug driving, there were two men and one woman aged 75

Among the drivers banned for drug driving, there were two men and one woman aged 75

Police have introduced new ‘drugalyser’ tests allowing them to take saliva swabs shortly after stopping suspects.

These tests can detect up to 17 drugs, including cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.

Police officers can bring drivers to a police station to carry out a blood or urine test after stopping them.

Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs include a minimum of a year's ban, an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison and a criminal record 

Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs include a minimum of a year’s ban, an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison and a criminal record 

Drivers convicted of drug driving face a minimum of a year’s ban, an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison and a criminal record.

Driving licences will also show if someone has been convicted of drug driving and this will last for 11 years.

The penalty for causing death by driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6662797/More-60-pensioners-30-000-drivers-banned-roads-driving-high-drugs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

Find A Designated Driver Superbowl Weekend

Find A Designated Driver Superbowl Weekend: Laguna Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, CA —If you live in Laguna Beach and plan to go out and about over the weekend for Super Bowl LIII parties, consider yourselves warned. On Sunday, the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies plan to be out in force to look for impaired drivers.

CHP officers, along with personnel from other law enforcement agencies throughout Orange and Los Angeles County, will be conducting saturation patrols and staffing sobriety checkpoints to nab suspected drunk or drug-impaired motorists.

“Impaired driving is not only irresponsible, but it can also destroy lives,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Choosing to get behind the wheel while under the influence can result in arrest, injury or death. If you drink or use other impairing substances, do not drive.”

According to Stanley, CHP officers arrested 352 people statewide on suspicion of DUI during last year’s Super Bowl Sunday crackdown.

Seven people died and 134 others were injured in alcohol-fueled collisions investigated by the CHP, figures showed.

“Have a plan in place before the game,” Stanley said. “If you will be consuming alcoholic beverages or using other substances that may affect your ability to safely operate a vehicle, make the smart choice to use public transportation, a designated driver, or a ride-share service to get home.”

Anti-DUI operations are generally scheduled between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, covering the hours before, during and well after the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII, which is scheduled to begin about 3:30 p.m.

Officials offered the following tips to people planning to host Super Bowl parties:

  • ensure guests have a designated driver or can arrange for ride-sharing;
  • serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
  • stop serving alcohol before the end of the game’s third quarter
  • take the keys away from guests showing signs of impairment, then call them a cab or arrange for alternate transportation.

Plus, if you watch the game in Los Angeles County, Ride Share services, such as Uber, planned a campaign offering an “Unhappy Hour” for fans in the city of losing teams.

Under state law, anyone with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is considered impaired.Penalties for anyone convicted of a DUI offense can include suspension or revocation of driving privileges, steep fines, jail time and prison if there are injuries involved.”Millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl at parties and bars across the country,” Long Beach Police Lt. Kris Klein said. “Don’t put others at risk because you chose to break the law and drive impaired.”

Klein reminded motorists that driving under the influence “doesn’t just mean booze.

“Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, and marijuana can also be impairing and result in a DUI, especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs,” Klein said. https://news.yahoo.com/designated-driver-superbowl-weekend-laguna-090000111.html;_ylt=AwrXnCXC9VZcLykAKV_QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTEyMHQxc3UyBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM0BHZ0aWQDQjY5NDZfMQRzZWMDc3I-

Driver high on pot who caused head-on fatal crash convicted of manslaughter

A woman who was under the influence of marijuana when she caused a head-on collision near Scripps Ranch that killed a passenger in the other car was convicted Monday of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury.

The San Diego jury, however, deadlocked 10-2 on a second-degree murder charge against 36-year-old Hyun Jeong Choi.

The prosecution will return to court Friday to inform Superior Court Judge Joan Weber if it plans to retry Choi for murder in the March 27, 2016, crash that killed 43-year-old Amanda Walzer.

The crash left Walzer’s fiancé, 49-year-old Jon Warshawsky, with a traumatic brain injury.

Choi’s first trial ended in a mistrial last June when an officer testified about something that wasn’t in any report.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Aguilar said Choi pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in 2013 and was given several warnings about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Aguilar said that just before the fatal collision, Choi had smoked marijuana she purchased at a nearby dispensary. An open bag of marijuana and a freshly used marijuana pipe were found in the defendant’s vehicle after the crash, the prosecutor said.

After she was released from a hospital, Choi admitted she “tried to fight it” and “tried to get home” after smoking the marijuana she had just bought.

Defense attorney Stephen Cline told the jury that Choi made a “naive and negligent mistake” by purchasing what she thought was the same kind of medical marijuana she had used previously to calm her social anxiety.

When Choi returned from traveling overseas, her usual dispensary was gone and she purchased what she thought was the same type of marijuana that had helped her before from a dispensary in the Miramar area, Cline said.

The attorney said there were no warnings about the strength and potency of the marijuana, which had an immediate impact on Choi.

“She had no idea what she left that store with,” her attorney said. “She was impaired. Catastrophically impaired.”

Witness Regis Kodzi testified that he and his wife were traveling on Pomerado Road behind Warshawsky’s 1956 Porsche when Choi’s Toyota Corolla crossed a center divider and hit the vintage sports car head-on about 5:30 p.m. https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/sd-me-dui-marijuana-crash-verdict-20190128-story.html

Baby home alone while dad nets 7th OWI in Kansasville

KANSASVILLE — A Kansasville man was arrested Sunday after he was allegedly caught driving drunk for the seventh time and it was discovered he had left his baby child home alone.

At 7:04 p.m. Sunday, a Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol in the Kansasville area of the Town of Dover saw a Ford Taurus driving well over the posted 25 mph speed limit through a residential area, according to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The deputy stopped the vehicle, which sheriff’s officials said was being driven by 41-year-old Nathan T. Hansen of the 24000 block of Adams Street in the Eagle Lake Manor neighborhood. The deputy reportedly smelled the odor of intoxicants on Hansen and suspected him to be under the influence of alcohol.

Hansen refused to submit to field sobriety testing and was arrested. If convicted, this will be Hansen’s seventh offense. During the investigation, it was learned that Hansen reportedly left his 1-year-old child at home alone while he went to a nearby gas station to buy tobacco. Deputies responded to the residence, where they found the child watching TV in a crib.

Racine County Child Protective Services staff assisted with returning the child to its mother.

Hansen was issued a traffic citation for unreasonable imprudent speed. He was being held as of Monday night on a $17,000 bond at the Racine County Jail on pending felony charges of OWI seventh offense and felony child neglect. https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/baby-home-alone-while-dad-nets-th-owi-in-kansasville/article_af93710e-86ee-53a7-bdb4-a2b1db339f97.html?modalid=followed-notification-modal-f2cd84ac-a73a-11e4-a19a-5b501a2d1d67

Doing ‘doughnuts,’ crashing into snowbank leads to DUI

St. Charles man charged with felony resisting arrest

Carlos Romero-Alfaro was charged with felony resisting arrest

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles man was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 23 after a Kane County deputy watched him doing “doughnuts” in the parking lot at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, then crash into a snowbank near the flag poles and stop sign area by the entrance of the sheriff’s office, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.

Carlos J. Romero-Alfaro, 28, of the 600 block of 11th Avenue, St. Charles, was also charged with felony resisting arrest by refusing to get out of his car, requiring two deputies and a state trooper to remove him from the car and carry him to a squad car, reports stated.

Romero-Alfaro was also charged with misdemeanor resisting a police officer, illegal transportation of alcohol, reckless driving and property damage.

At 11 p.m. that night, a deputy saw Romero-Alfaro’s car doing “doughnuts” – that is driving in circles in the snow – before he crashed into the snowbank and stop sign, reports stated.

When deputies approached Romero-Alfaro’s vehicle, a 2009 gray Subaru Legacy, they saw him holding a Milwaukee’s Best Ice beer can between his legs and an empty can he threw out the window, the report stated.

“I asked Carlos what he was doing and he appeared stupefied,” the report stated. “Carlos was slurring his speech and kept asking for a lighter to light his cigarette, even though I observed him holding a lighter in his right hand. Carlos could not answer why he was doing ‘doughnuts’ in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office and would consistently repeat, just say, ‘What?’”

Romero-Alfaro refused when he was asked to step out of his vehicle, and then he refused when police ordered him to step out, even after being told he was under arrest, the report stated. https://www.kcchronicle.com/2019/01/30/doing-doughnuts-crashing-into-snowbank-leads-to-dui/aqwubt5/