If you drive while you're intoxicated, one of the things that becomes an issue is that you put yourself and others at risk of a collision. This is particularly true in areas like construction zones, where the roads may not be as you remember.
Driving while you're drunk is a quick way to end up in trouble with the law. More states are cracking down on drunk driving, sending out more officers to stop those who appear to be driving recklessly.
In an important moment for Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made a ruling that changed the way DUI checkpoints would be used in the state.
Breath tests are often talked about as if they're infallible. There's a good reason for that, though: Most are accurate if they're given correctly and when calibrated to recognize alcohol well.
If you have not kept up on changes in the law, you might not know that the legal limit in Pennsylvania is lower than it was in the past. Since 2003, Act 24 has required the state legal limit of alcohol to be .08% instead of .10%.
Driving while you're intoxicated is one of the riskiest things you can do on the road. Alcohol can cause many changes in your body, and while you may believe you're sober, the reality could be that you're not.
Certain medical conditions can cause breath tests to read incorrectly, which is bad news if you're being tested by the police. Even if you say you haven't been drinking, a reading showing intoxication can quickly land you with an arrest.
If you are someone who makes the mistake of drunk driving and getting caught, you should be aware that your freedoms are at risk. You could have your license suspended, have to use an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) or face other penalties.
Drunk driving is easy to avoid, but there is a chance that you could make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while knowing that you shouldn't. Drinking lowers your inhibitions, and something you'd never do while sober might seem like a good idea when you're intoxicated.
The Pennsylvania legislature recognized that people who make mistakes that result in a misdemeanor conviction should not have to carry that error in judgment around for the rest of their lives. As a result, it passed the so-called "Clean Slate" law, which allows individuals with certain convictions to limit access to them when certain individuals or entities -- such as potential employers, landlords or others -- run criminal background checks. People with drunk driving convictions here in the state may be able to make use of this law if they meet the qualifications and go through the process.