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Police in California see a jump in crashes, DUI arrests

Memorial Day weekend in one California county this year was a deadly one. Fatal accidents on holiday weekends are often the result of drinking and driving. Nevertheless, when a person is accused of DUI, he or she is always presumed innocent unless and until his or her guilty can be proved in a court of law.

Police in the Riverside County recently said arrests for DUI increased this year along with the number of crashes that took place during the holiday weekend. One branch of the California Highway Patrol responded to a couple of fatal crashes. In one rollover crash, a 3-year-old passed away. Meanwhile, another crash caused a 17-year-old to be ejected from his pickup truck.

This same highway patrol branch did not have any fatal crashes during the Memorial Day weekend back in either 2014 or 2015. There were also more collisions this year than there were in 2014 and 2015. Nearly 40 percent of these collisions resulted in injuries.

People who are thought to have caused vehicle wrecks due to DUI have the right to go to trial if they consider it to be in their best interests. At trial, California prosecutors have to prove the charges by appropriate evidence or else criminal convictions are not possible. In some situations, the prosecutor's potential evidence carries enough weight to suggest the need for an accused individual to try to negotiate for a plea deal. If available, a plea agreement might lead to reduced charges and a lighter sentence from the court.

Source:, "CHP: Memorial Day crashes, DUIs, deaths jumped in 2016", Rosalie Murphy, May 31, 2016

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