A recent arrest in Arizona highlights one of the problems that states have with their DUI laws: creating ones that keep repeat offenders off the road. In El Mirage a man was arrested for his fourth DUI, just five days after pleading guilty to his third. Repeat drunk driving is a complex problem, … [Read more...] about 4 DUIs in 3 Months. What’s the Problem Here?
We know that drunk drivers cause deaths all the time – some 30,000 each year in this country. But is that murder? According to the law books in many states, it is – of a sort. A recent case in Winston-Salem shows that a murder charge is a definite possibility if you kill someone while driving drunk … [Read more...] about Why Would a Drunk Driver be Charged with Murder?
It started when Vicki Susan Poitinger hit a car with her Camaro and kept driving. That was bad decision number 2 in a string of bad decisions. What was number 1? It will be obvious. She threw a can of Mikes Harder Lemonade (8 percent alcohol by volume) into a neighbor’s yard and asked the … [Read more...] about How Bad Decisions Multiply Due to Alcohol
You normally would not consider backing into a police car as beneficial to you or society at large. Especially if the police officer whose car it is watches you do it. But it was a fairly good outcome for one man in Morganton, NC. To understand why, you need to understand the situation. Not long … [Read more...] about Backing Into a Police Car Was a Good Thing. No, Really.
A body that advises legislators on child safety has recommended that all North Carolina drunk drivers be required to use ignition interlocks. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Currently, repeat DUI offenders, and first … [Read more...] about Task Force to North Carolina Lawmakers: Ignition Interlocks Work
It’s up there with the worst wedding memories ever, probably. A woman in Marana, Arizona caused a three-car crash not long ago. She was arrested and tested for impairment. That in itself wouldn’t be big news, even in Arizona, which is fairly sane in the drunk driving world. But the woman was wearing … [Read more...] about Get Me to the Church On Time? But With a DUI…?
If you carpool, you place your trust in whoever is driving that day. Chances are you’ll get where you’re going, but you never know when the person whose turn it is to drive will show up tired, preoccupied – or drunk. Self-driving cars will fix that. The ones Waymo are working on are already … [Read more...] about Waymo: Soon Your Phoenix Carpool Driver Won’t Ever Be Drunk
Last September a Chevrolet driven by a man named Robert Kite flew off an elevated highway ramp onto the road about 300 feet below. Robert Kite, a father of six, was killed instantly. Since his blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal limit, the North Carolina ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) … [Read more...] about Do You Punish a Restaurant for Serving Drinks That Killed a Man?