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Does the Southland have a risky relationship with drinking and driving?

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A man blows into a breathalizer during a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint November 27, 2006 in San Bruno, California. San Francisco Bay Area law enforcement agencies have begun to set up DUI checkpoints as the holiday season gets underway. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Police have revealed more about the woman accused of killing six people while driving drunk at high speed in the wrong direction on the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar over the weekend. Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana - now being investigated for manslaughter and driving under the influence – had her license suspended for a DUI when she was a teenager. Authorities say they found an alcoholic beverage at the scene of the crash.

Also over the weekend, in a much less severe crash, actor Chris Kattan of SNL fame, was arrested for a DUI after his car hit a Department of Transportation vehicle on the 101 freeway.

Coincidentally, the LAPD conducted a DUI blitz over the weekend. Its January sobriety campaign resulted in 40 arrests. Despite all we know about driving under the influence – including a proposal last year to lower the accepted blood alcohol limit to .05 instead of .08 – it seems many still try to take their chances.

What about you? What’s your perception of an acceptable amount to drink (or smoke) before you drive? What do you see amongst your friends, family, and co-workers as acceptable?


Dary Fiorentino, Rearch Psychologist specializing alcohol-impairment and crash risks with DF Consulting based in the Van Nuys; Fiorentino’s research has been used by the National Transportation Safety Board


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