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Flagstaff police get $40K for DUI enforcement

The Flagstaff Police Department has received a $40,000 DUI enforcement grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant will help FPD staff DUI task forces on days when DUI activity is highest in Flagstaff, such as holidays, NAU back-to-school weeks, homecoming, prom and graduation weekends. The grant will also help FPD pay for community education programs to inform Flagstaff residents about DUI laws and the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Police ... Read More »

Man Helps Others On Anniversary Of Fatal Columbus DUI Crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio – June 22nd, 2013, a 3 am collision on I-670. Vincent Canzani was killed by Matthew Cordle who left the bar drunk and drove the wrong way. Cordle confessed to the accident with a video posted on YouTube through the non-profit “Because I Said I Would,” an organization about keeping promises. On the one year anniversary of Canzani’s death, “Because I Said I Would” founder Alex Sheen stood on a corner by his neighborhood bar and held a ... Read More »

A double standard for TV on DUI cases?

The question of how a local media outlet should best handle the arrest of one of its on-air employees on DUI [driving under the influence] charges was recently posed to me. It occurred on the “Miller and Brinson” show on KXNO radio. The show’s co-host, Ken Miller, asked me about the arrest of two local television news reporter/anchors from the same station in unrelated incidents on the same weekend. Read More »

Attempts underway to boost DUI-death penalties

As a nationally recognized traffic safety prosecutor, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tim Barker does not want to appear unappreciative. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill recently mandating a minimum five-year prison term for drivers with prior DUI convictions who are then convicted of a DUI-related death. The same bill would also suspend those drivers’ licenses for life. Under state law now, homicide by vehicle while DUI carries a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. But Barker, who has ... Read More »