Monday, December 29, 2014

Free AAA Tipsy Tow offered by AAA on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is one of the worst times to drink and drive. Law enforcement is on high-alert, and will patrolling state-wide to catch DUI offenders. AAA's Tipsy Tow program offers a free tow for anyone drinking and needs a ride and tow home up to 7 miles. This offer is open to everyone. including non-AAA members.

All you need to do is call 800-400-4222 and say, "I need a Tipsy Tow." A driver will pick you up and tow your car home. The service will be available on Dec 31 from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am on Jan 1. Note that the service is available to drivers only. If you are a passenger, you will need to acquire alternate modes of transportation.

For more information, visit the AAA site here:

Start you new year right and drive safely. If you get arrested for a DUI, call 818.936.2140 right away.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Ignition Interlock Bill to Affect All California DUI Offenders

Ignition Interlock Device
Redwood City - In an effort prevent repeat drunk driving offenders, state Sen. Jerry Hill is introducing legislation that will require convicted California DUI offenders to install a vehicle ignition interlock device. The law will affect first-time and repeat offenders, and will expand on pilot programs already in place in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties.

The pilot program requires vehicle ignition interlocks for five months for first-time DUI offenders and up to four years for repeat DUI offenders. Ignition interlock devices makes a driver first submit a breath sample before starting their car, then provide additional samples once they're driving.

It is expected to be unveiled at a news conference on Monday in Redwood City accompanied by representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and San Mateo and Santa Clara county law enforcement. "We believe it's a better approach than license suspension alone," according to the MADD's director of state govermental affairs, Frank Harris, who believes existing DUI alcohol programs are not sufficient. "It makes that offender prove his sobriety anytime he drives on California roads."

According to advocates ignition interlock laws have proven successful in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oregon where DUI-related deaths have dropped by 35-43 percent.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drunk Driver Injures 12 People Looking at Holiday Lights

Eleven people were rushed to hospitals after being struck and injured by a suspected drunk driver on Monday, Dec 15th. The victims were parked inside their vehicles while admiring a holiday light display in Alhambra when Ismael Soto struck two parked cars full of people with his pickup truck.

Soto was arrested under the suspicion of driving under the influence and driving without a license. This would potentially be his second DUI after a prior DUI conviction in October 2013.