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 May 6, 2005
California court upholds license suspension for cough syrup user
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SAN FRANCISCO Having a cold is apparently no excuse.

California's Supreme Court is upholding the suspension of a teen's driver's license under a zero-tolerance drunk driving law. Karli Bobus told authorities she'd taken a capful of cough medicine in 2002 because she was suffering from a cold. Police say she was swerving and stuttering when she was pulled over. The girl's blood-alcohol level was zero-point-zero-two -- about the same as drinking one bottle of beer.

Her license was suspended for one year under a 1993 California law.

Bobus appealed and lost her case in January, when a state court ruled that young drivers can still "maim or kill if they drank cough syrup or if they drank beer."

California's Supreme Court upheld the ruling without comment.

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