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Arizona prosecutor applauds court ruling in medical pot DUI case

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is happy about an appeals court ruling that says medical marijuana users can still be prosecuted for driving under the influence in Arizona. The case involved a man who carries a medical marijuana card and was arrested for DUI in 2011. He was acquitted of that charge but convicted on a DUI law that bars people from driving while having a prohibited drug or its compound in their system. The man claimed Arizona’s ... Read More »

Federal Grant will Fund DUI Checkpoints

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received a federal “Reducing Impaired Driving” grant, which will fund 150 sobriety checkpoints, 75 DUI task force operations, proactive DUI enforcement patrols through September 30, 2015, and at least 100 safety presentations. More than 1,000 people are killed every year in California in alcohol-involved collisions. Those deaths are in addition to the more than 23,000 others who suffered injuries in an alcohol-related collision. Through this new federal grant, the CHP will continue working to ... Read More »

Board OKs fees for DUI offenses

CHATHAM — Drunken drivers can end up paying more if they’re convicted for their offenses in Pittsylvania County and volunteer fire and rescue departments are called to the scene of a DUI accident. The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal during its meeting Tuesday night to make those convicted of DUI and/or other offenses reimburse first responders for expenses incurred as the result of an accident.   Read More »

Does sheriff’s policy protect DUI drivers?

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Imagine getting in a crash only to find out you may have to wait hours for a Florida Highway Patrol trooper to arrive even though an Orange County deputy is on scene within minutes. 9 Investigates’ Jeff Deal examined a long-standing policy that blocks deputies from investigating crashes, so he asked whether that policy could help protect drunken drivers. Read More »

Illinois Lawyers Say DUI Law Needs Tweaking

The Illinois State Bar Association wants the state’s DUI law changed. Supporters of changes to part of the state’s law on driving under the influence think they have a pretty good example to hold up. Three years ago, a father was charged with homicide after his son died in a car accident caused by another driver in the north eastern Illinois town of Lake Island. Scott Shirey’s car was hit by a distracted driver: and though not at fault in the ... Read More »

Ohio to give attorneys past data on DUI breath-testers

The Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 1 that DUI defendants are allowed to challenge the accuracy of their tests by obtaining data from previous results generated by the alcohol-test machine into which they blew. Health officials had said it was a difficult technical and financial challenge to turn over years’ worth of computerized data about previous drivers’ test results and calibration tests from the oft-questioned testers. Now, records provided in response to a request by The Dispatchshow that attorneys who ... Read More »

State Patrol upgrades its DUI breath-test machines

The Washington State Patrol is replacing its old breath-test machines with sleek, fast, new $9,500 devices that are used to test drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. While the new machine allows law enforcement to send real-time data over the Internet, Sharpe said the State Patrol will not begin using this feature until security protocols are established on sending the information. Read More »