Our readers may not be aware of it, but police are bound by very specific procedures when it comes to sobriety checkpoints.
A 59-year-old man was reportedly arrested on Monday and accused of driving under the influence, making for his third DUI arrest in less than a year-s time and his second in the last two weeks. In addition to the DUI charge, he was also charged with operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior arrest, reckless operation of a vehicle and speeding.
The Supreme Court seemed skeptical on Wednesday during oral arguments involving the issue of whether states should permit police officers to administer warrantless blood draws on DUI suspects. Right now, 50 states permit officers to skip the general warrant requirement in order to obtain a more accurate blood alcohol reading. The other 50 states require officers to obtain a warrant from a judge prior to all blood draws.
A rookie player on the Pittsburgh Steelers football team has been arrested for participating in a high-speed chase during an alleged DUI incident. The man, age 22, was reportedly intoxicated when he crashed into a line of parked cars, injuring a woman.
Drinking and driving is a serious offense. When someone is caught by the police, their license can be suspended or taken away, and the person can find themselves with substantial jail time. In some cases, police make use of blood testing in DUI cases. Legally, the allowable blood-alcohol limit for drivers in the United States is .08 percent.
A recent DUI check point conducted by Baton Rouge Police at the end of August may have violated some state laws. The checkpoint, which took place on August 25, involved 1,782 motorists driving down 10th Street, down the street from the River Center where an LSU Tiger Tailgating rally and a rodeo were taking place. Forty individuals were arrested that night on suspicion of DUI.
Federal officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced plans to issue regulations to motivate other states to pass tougher drunk driving laws. The announcement, which came Tuesday, followed upon the state of Virginia's passage of a law requiring first-time drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles.
According to a recent Fox Business article, Mothers Against Drunk Driving is pushing state lawmakers to enact measures mandating the use of ignition interlock devices for first time offenders.
A 36-year-old Elmira woman was recently killed in a crash near Millerton, and the Texas man responsible for the accident has been charged with DUI. Sources said the man was driving a pickup truck when he struck the victim in her SUV. According to authorities, she died at the scene of the accident. The accident occurred on October 21.