This article reviews the DUI (driving-under the influence) situation in California, noting the impact of efforts by concerned citizens and law enforcement officers who are bringing the death toll down. Also contributing to this effort is the state's tough DUI law. Under the 1982 California Supreme Court ruling permitting prosecutors to seek murder convictions in certain drunk driving cases, one person has already been convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life and another person is being charged with second-degree murder. There is currently a definite shift toward murder charges, especially in cases showing "implied malice" against society or one's fellow beings. This shift had its beginning in 1980 when Candy Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, went into action as the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), which now boasts 351 chapters throughout the nation and is becoming increasingly potent. Judges are beginning to accept MADD as a court-monitoring reality.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Association of Highway Patrolmen

    1225 8th Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814
  • Authors:
    • Roper, W L
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

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  • Accession Number: 00390718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 986
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM