Drunk drivers know that they're not as in control of their vehicles as they would be while sober, but people still make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. It's a tragic offense to make since that simple error could result in a crash, injuries and fatalities.
There are many people who believe that there are ways to fool a Breathalyzer or ignition interlock device (IID) into thinking they're sober. The reality is that it's extremely difficult to do so, and you're actually more likely to be able to trick it into thinking you're drunk.
This month will make the first anniversary of a horrific triple-fatality crash in Bethel Park. Police attributed the deadly collision to drunk driving and speeding.
Field sobriety tests are used by police officers to help determine if a person is under the influence of alcohol.
In Pennsylvania, a DUI is not a felony. It's a misdemeanor not just for a first offense, but for anything after that. This means that a person with a dozen previous convictions could get arrested and only face misdemeanor charges.
When a law enforcement officer is charged with DUI in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, it is usually the best policy to cooperate, show complete transparency and enter into rehabilitative treatment where appropriate. That approach provides the best path back to normalcy for an officer of the law. There is one obvious proviso: if the accused is not guilty of the drunk driving and other allegations, a vigorous defense would be the more appropriate response.
When a law enforcement officer is charged with DUI in Pennsylvania, the officer may be able to hold on to his or her job but the outcome in that respect is far from certain. This will be an issue with the police chief in Camp Hill, who was arrested for drunk driving in Perry County on Nov. 6 by the state police. Troopers allege that the chief crashed his vehicle into a tree and that he had a blood alcohol reading of .178, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Pennsylvania imposes potentially severe punishment on those who are convicted of causing serious bodily injury to another person as the result of driving under the influence. The offense is a second-degree felony with punishment of up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $25,000, or both. Recently, the state police arrested a 42-year-old woman for that crime and a slew of other violations, including drunk driving.
Is there a festival or wedding reception in your near future? What about your car? Have you recently checked it over to make sure all your turn signals, brake lights and other external instruments are functioning properly? Although these issues may not seem related on the surface, they all have one thing in common: any one of them places you at risk for a traffic stop by police. Add alcoholic beverages and after-hours driving to the mix, and the chance of a police officer stopping you increases even more.
There was an unusually brisk turnout of voters on Nov. 7 in Pennsylvania. Many people were excited to cast their vote in the midst of so many controversial issues facing the public this year. Historically, election day is also a day when some citizens still go out and have some cheer to celebrate the day. There is usually a slight rise of drunk driving charges on election day.