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DUI charges in vehicular assault cases can be difficult to defend

Highway safety is challenging to maintain while construction is ongoing. Efforts by the cities and states to make the arena safe for workers who are working under dangerous conditions are increasing. For that reason, drivers who are accused of unsafe driving or DUI charges in roadwork areas can have a particularly difficult case to defend when they go before the courts in California.

In mid-January, a road worker in Riverside was struck by a fast-moving car. The worker was preparing the road for upcoming work by putting out the orange cones that redirect traffic and close off sections of the freeway. According to the police report of the incident, a driver swerved and hit the worker without stopping.

Witnesses at the work site indicated that the driver in the case did not slow down or stop. The worker was taken to the hospital. Details of his injuries were not given except that they were very serious.

A driver was stopped some distance from the accident. The driver's car showed significant damage. The driver was arrested for DUI causing great bodily injury, a felony and other charges associated with leaving the scene of the accident. Due to the seriousness of the charges, his bail was set at $50,000.

While the driver was arrested on DUI charges, there is no indication of sobriety tests or blood tests taken during the arrest. Reports show that the state of California is working to make highway construction areas safer, both for road workers and for drivers who travel upon them. In the process, though, it is important to protect the rights of all individuals, including those who are accused of crimes. Those who are charged with DUI violations have the right to be presumed innocent until and unless evidence shows otherwise, just like any other type of defendant.

Source: pe.com, "RIVERSIDE: Caltrans worker critically hurt in hit-run crash," John Asbury, Jan. 14, 2013

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