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How Stoned is Too Stoned to Drive in California?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

SAN DIEGO, California (April 30, 2013) – In 1996 California Voters legalized marijuana and ever since this time, there has been an increase in driving stoned. There are many aspects surrounding this issue however. It is still very unclear how stoned is too stoned to drive? A TV station in Seattle tested this question and conducted an experiment where three drivers were put on a track and closely monitored. All three drivers were heavy medical marijuana users. Each driver was first tested while just a little bit stoned. The drivers did okay under police supervisors, although one driver did nick a stop sign. Then the three drivers were asked to smoke a little bit more pot, and they were starting the feel the effects more strongly. One driver almost hit the camera man, and another driver hit a cone. It was concluded that smoking pot definitely causes one’s inhibitions to go down. In California, however, there is no legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana. The executive director of MADD of San Diego feels laws need to be put into place that place a limit on how much pot one can smoke before driving. S However, San Diego DUI defense attorney Cole Casey states, “”It’s much more difficult to establish a threshold with marijuana, because tolerance plays such a big issue into it.” So until a law is established, many pot smokers are still legally allowed to take to the roads.

“This is a scary issue because there are so many people that smoke medical marijuana in California. There needs to be laws to accompany this fact,” states West Thomas, founder of The Thomas Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in San Diego.






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LOS ANGELES (KABC) –  Police arrested R&B singer and repeat drunk driver Bobby Brown on suspicion of driving under the influence early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles after he failed a sobriety test when he was pulled over at Ventura Boulevard and Corbin Avenue in Tarzana, according to several news sources.

About 1 a.m., the 43-year-old former husband of late singer Whitney Houston, was allegedly seen driving unsteadily. Police pulled him over and subsequently arrested on DUI charges, according to news reports.

Brown was convicted on DUI charges in March in Tarzana. He pleaded no contest and was subsequently sentenced to three years of probation, given a fine and required to complete a three-month alcohol education program.

In 1996, Brown was arrested on DUI charges after a high-speed police chase that ended when he crashed his Mitsubishi, resisted arrest and urinated in the backseat of a police car. He spent eight days in jail after this arrest.

Drunk Driving Statistics

According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers there are roughly 2 million repeat drunk drivers on our nation’s roadways at any given time and every 52 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver.

Statistics such as these are just one reason why Attorney West Thomas has pledged to make a difference by supporting MADD this year.

Thomas, founder of Southern California’s top personal injury law firms and host of the West of Legal radio show on KFWB News Talk 980, will participate in the San Diego Walk Like MADD event and is fundraising to help support MADD and its programs.

MADD is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 in Sacramento by Candace Lightner, a mother whose 13-year-old daughter was a pedestrian killed by a repeat drunk driver.

“We are a victim’s law firm and we want to help prevent drunk driving as well as support those who have suffered a loss,” Thomas said.

Every Sunday this month, West Thomas is asking his listeners on “The West of Legal” show to like his firm’s Facebook page. Mr. Thomas has pledged to donate $1 for every like on his Facebook page to MADD at this year’s event. Additionally, the Thomas legal team and their families are participating at the annual Walk Like MADD event held at 10 a.m. on November 10, 2012 in San Diego. Listeners are also invited to join the Thomas team on the walk.

The Thomas Law Firm

This article was provided by the Thomas Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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VISTA, California – A repeat drunk driver accused of killing a motorcyclist after he drove against traffic on the Interstate 15 freeway Saturday has been scheduled for arraignment in court on Wednesday, according to a Valley News article.

Brian Joseph Webb, 24, of Murrieta, who is accused of driving with a suspended driver’s license at the time of the crash, was arrested shortly after Saturday’s head-on collision on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit and run and drunk driving with a prior conviction.

The crash took place about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Webb was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 truck when he allegedly entered the northbound I-15 freeway’s Del Lago off ramp from the wrong direction. The truck crashed head-on into Robin Vaughn, 60, of Escondido who was riding his 2002 Harley Davidson northbound in the same lane.

The truck killed Vaughn upon impact. The retired neurophysiologist had been married for 40 years to his wife Donetta and had five children and 15 grand children, according to the article. The couple were Mormons and were about to embark on an 18-month service mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according U-T San Diego report.

“Families of victims killed in car accidents not only have to cope with the loss of a loved one, but later their lives may be forever changed due to the loss of income and other costs,” said Attorney West Thomas.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. If someone else was responsible for this accident it’s important that you act quickly to protect your rights and future.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have been killed.

Our firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our car accident law firm. Thomas Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.


VALLEY CENTER: Manuel Quintana, 23, Killed in Suspected Drunk Driver Crash

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

VALLEY CENTER, California (SAN DIEGO COUNTY) – Passenger Manuel Quintana, 23, was killed after the suspected drunk driver of the Scion XB hatchback he was riding in lost control of the vehicle, veered off the roadway and struck a large metal-wrapped wooden power pole on the shoulder, according to a report by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office.

Mr. Quintana was a restrained, front-seat passenger in the vehicle driven by Salvador Leon, 30, of Valley Center. Leon and a 23-year-old rear seat passenger who lives in Pauma, were both transported to Palomar Medical Center with moderate injuries, according to the report and a North County Times article.

The fatal crash took place on Valley Center Road at Queensbridge Road about 10:48 p.m., the report said.

Police suspect the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and criminal charges are pending, according to the North County Times.

Drunk Driving Statistics

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, some 791 people died because of drunk drivers out of a total of 2,715 people who were killed in traffic accidents in California in 2010.

Nationwide there were 10,228 deaths attributed to alcohol impaired driving in 2010, the NHTSA reports. Some 32,885 people died in traffic accidents nationwide. While the numbers are staggering, deaths from drunk drivers were actually down nearly 5% in 2010 compared to 2009.

According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers every 52 minutes on average someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. In fact, in 2010, there were 10,228 people killed in the United States in crashes involving alcohol. Additionally, every 90 seconds someone is injured because of this crime despite so much awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.

Families of victims of drunk drivers can join in the crusade against driving under the influence in this year’s Walk Like MADD San Diego. The annual event will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2012 at Naval Training Center Park 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA.

This news article was sponsored by the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm. Our law firm has been an advocate for families of car accident victims and injured clients for more than 30 years in Southern California.

There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we have won your case. While compensation will not heal your emotional or physical wounds, finding the best accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track and support your family in a time of need.

The Thomas Law Firm has offices in Southern California including its headquarters in Irvine, Orange County. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.







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