Getting arrested for a DUI is a big deal, no matter where you are. California is particularly harsh on drunk or impaired drivers, though. It has some of the most stringent impaired driving laws in the entire United States.
Among the new state laws taking effect on New Year's Day is one that could impact many Californians whose New Year's Eve festivities include a couple (or more) glasses of champagne.
Cars that you can place in "Autopilot" mode to essentially drive themselves are now a reality. While they aren't common on California freeways just yet, you may have shared the road with one without realizing it. Tesla is one car manufacturer that makes vehicles with this feature.
Whether your son or daughter started college this fall, is living in a fraternity or sorority this year or turned 21 over the summer, you're likely nervous about how much drinking they'll be doing at school.
A few years back you made a mistake. You drove after a few drinks. You got pulled over by police and failed the Breathalyzer test. Ultimately, you pleaded guilty to a DUI. You paid a fine, went to the required classes and maybe served a couple of days in jail. Finally, you completed your probation.