Thousands of drivers are injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers every year. Unfortunately, drinking and driving can be detrimental to a driver’s ability to react, their vision and their hearing.
One recent news story reported that Jessie’s Girl singer Rick Springfield was arrested for DUI, as he was driving his blue Corvette in Malibu, California. Sheriff Deputies noticed his illegal driving actions, pulled him over and asked him to submit to a field sobriety test.
Springfield failed the standardized field sobriety tests and was taken to the Malibu police station to have his blood alcohol levels tested. It is reported that he was over the legal limit.
According to Lt. Chew and RadarOnline, “Springfield was stopped due to a traffic violation and was subjected to a sobriety test. He failed and was then arrested and taken to the Malibu Sheriff’s station where we tested his blood alcohol levels. He reportedly blew at .10 and then a .08.” Rick Springfield tested at 0.10% which is well over the legal limit. It is illegal in every state to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
Obviously, celebrities make poor choices all the time. Many of them get away with it, do not pay the consequences and end up hurting others. To ensure that drivers, including celebrities, do not drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, stricter DUI laws have been passed to curb drunken driving. Police have also increased DUI enforcement and sobriety checkpoints.
Preventing DUI and stopping celebrities who make bad choices can be done with high penalties and consequences for illegal behaviors. Drivers, who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, even first time offenders, face severe DUI penalties.
Rick Springfield may or may not have been arrested for DUI before, but if the law applies equally to everyone, he could face high fines and penalties, alcohol education courses, probation, and license restrictions.
Increasing DUI penalties is controversial, especially DUI checkpoints which may be an infringement on the rights of drivers, but there are some indications that DUI laws, as well as the increase in the legal drinking age, has decreased the number of DUI injuries and deaths.
What if you have been injured by a Drunk Driver?
Thankfully, Rick Springfield did not injure anyone while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Next time he might not be so lucky. If you have been injured by a drunken driver, you have rights.
Drivers who cause injuries due to their negligent or reckless actions may be held legally responsible. They may face, not only criminal charges, they may also be forced to pay compensation to their victims.
If you have been injured from another person’s negligent actions, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and win compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses and your pain and suffering.
Hiring a DUI lawyer
Finding the right DUI lawyer can ensure that you get the compensation you need for your personal injuries. DUI lawyers offer free consultations to review your DUI case and determine if someone else caused your injuries through their negligence and whether or not you have suffered actual loss.
DUI attorneys have handled hundreds or thousands of DUI cases. DUI law is their specialty, and they will dedicate themselves to ensuring you get justice. Find a DUI lawyer who can give you good DUI advice so you can make a smart decision about your DUI case.
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