August 24, 1989
Legislation that would lower the blood alcohol level at which a driver is considered legally drunk from .10% to .08% was sent to the Assembly floor on a 14-3 vote of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee in Sacramento. The bill has already passed the Senate, and Gov. George Deukmejian's staff has indicated the governor supports the concept of lowering the level, although he has not studied the bill in detail.
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September 11, 1992 |
An El Cajon jury convicted a man of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol, even though his blood-alcohol level tested well below the legal limit after the fatal wreck. Paulin Santillan Gallardo, a 20-year-old undocumented Mexican national, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison in the death of an El Cajon 16-year-old. Wesley Eugene Branson was killed in the Feb. 15 collision, and his friend, Clinton Hoy, 17, of El Cajon, was critically injured.
September 7, 1989 |
A measure tightening the blood alcohol standard for drunk drivers won final Senate approval Wednesday and was sent to the governor for his probable signature. If the bill is signed into law, California will become the fourth state to lower its drunk driving standard from the current .10% blood alcohol level to .08%. "I don't want people arrested under this new standard," said the measure's author, Sen. Bill Leonard (R-Big Bear), after the vote. "I want them to drive more safely."
April 14, 1989 |
State troopers pulled over a motorist, charged him with drunken driving, then filed the same charge against his friend and then his sister when each came to the police station to pick him up. "It's strange, but it happens," state trooper Edward Meyers said Thursday. Steven Finning, 22, of Danbury, Conn., was pulled over Monday for speeding and driving erratically on Interstate 84. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. A friend of Finning, Robert Fuda, 21, was driving behind him and saw the arrest.
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February 24, 1988
Two of the three drivers involved in a fatal head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road on Friday night may have been drunk, the California Highway Patrol reported. The three-car accident on the accident-plagued highway killed two drivers and critically injured a passenger. Keith Ring, 24, was booked on suspicion of drunk driving but was not held responsible for the accident, CHP Officer Steve Beeuwasaert said. Ring remains in Orange County Jail.