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Changes coming for DUI enforcement

Changes in Mississippi’s DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system. The Mississippi Legislature drafted the new laws in 2013, with the stipulation that the changes would take effect this year. Legislators also made some changes during the 2014 session. According to a summary of the law, when a person is convicted of their first offense DUI, the court will order them to complete an alcohol safety education ... Read More »

Testing the DUI test: Reporter imbibes for police training

New Hanover — Three hours after finishing the last of a whiskey and Coke, I felt pretty fine. “You seem pretty OK,” one police officer who’d just finished performing a field sobriety test on me said. “You’re right on the line. I could arrest you or I couldn’t.” But… “But I’d probably arrest you,” the officer said before looking down at his clipboard and marking down some notes. Read More »

What is DUI Less Safe?

If you’ve only had a couple of beers with your pizza or margaritas with your taco salad and you’re confident you’re sober enough to legally drive, think again. Just because your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of .08 percent, you’re not necessarily home free. Georgia law states that “a person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe ... Read More »

Cumberland man charged with DUI four times in two days

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cumberland man is free on bail after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence four times in less than 48 hours. Police are now looking for legislative help to keep drunk drivers off the streets after they said John Lourenco crashed three times while driving drunk this week – once in Providence, and twice in Cumberland. Read More »

Are ‘No Refusal’ DUI checkpoints legal?

Earlier this month, the state highway patrol and local law enforcement officers conducted a “No Refusal Weekend,” in which motorists who were suspected of driving impaired and refused sobriety tests could be ordered by a judge to submit to a blood test. The blood test was done by a registered nurse on call at the jail after the judge, who has been notified beforehand of the initiative, determines that there was probable cause to believe the driver was impaired. But ... Read More »