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“Stoned Driving”: How Do You Measure Marijuana Impairment?

There has been a lot of media attention lately to the development of breath-testing devices that claim to provide law enforcement with the ability to detect and measure the presence and amounts of marijuana in a driver suspected of so-called “stoned driving”.  The accuracy of these devices has yet to be widely-accepted in the scientific community.  See, for example, Is It Possible to Prove Driving Under the Influence of Drugs?   Will science and profit-hungry corporations ever be able to ... Read More »

How accurate are breathalyzers-

There are a number of different breath testing machines manufactured by a number of different companies.  In Hawaii the Intoxilyzer 5000 and 8000 are used, both manufactured by CMI.  These are the machines used at the police station.  Both rely on infrared spectrometry.  While the science of infrared spectrometry is not new, for identifying basic items, the science is far more questionable when it comes to differing between closely related substances and measuring the substances.  There are a number of ... Read More »

What is Fair Punishment on a DWI?

What are judges and prosecutors concerned with on a DWI? One of their main concerns is recidivism. Contrary to popular belief, the average recidivism rate for a first time DWI is approximately 21%[i]. Most people who get arrested for a first time DWI simply made a mistake. They will never be back in the system. In fact, most are going to punish themselves far greater than what a court or prosecutor could do to them. Will their alcohol BAC (breath or ... Read More »

Deputies arrest Milwaukee police officer for DUI

An off-duty Milwaukee police officer was among 21 suspected drunken drivers arrested between 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Along with a first-offense driving under the influence, Michael Boden, 52, faces other possible charges of recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and being armed while intoxicated, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Read More »

What Actually Happens In Your Body When You Get “Drunk”?

Drunk driving can lead to being arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Being arrested can add to the serious “hangover” you may have after consuming that much alcohol. But most people are not aware of what actually happens to your body once all that alcohol is consumed. Ash M. Richter has authored an article, “Every Time You Get Drunk, This Is What Happens To Your Body And Your Brain,” that explains the science behind the hangover. The consumption of ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT SCHEDULES HEARING REGARDING EVIDENCE OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has scheduled a hearing for January 6, 2017 to hear argument regarding the relevance and admissibility of certain evidence regarding driving under the influence of marijuana. After the case was remanded to the district court for consideration of several questions raised by the high court, it has returned to the SJC after the issues seem to have been distilled to four key questions. Primarily, the court will hear arguments regarding whether there is a scientifically ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE POSTPONES SOME ASPECTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

On November 8, voters in Massachusetts approved Question 4 legalizing recreational marijuana use and regulating it similarly to alcoholic beverages. Implementation of the new scheme is happening in two phases. Beginning December 15, 2016, it became legal for an adult (defined as 21 or older) to possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in one’s primary residence or up to 1 ounce outside the home (but not to consume it in public). An adult may also grow up to 6 ... Read More »

California man to fight DUI charge after test results only show traces of caffeine

A California man is reportedly prepared to fight a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after he was pulled over in 2015 and a blood test only showed traces of caffeine in his system. According to The Guardian, Joseph Schwab was allegedly driving erratically and cut off an officer from the California department of alcoholic beverage control in August 2015 in Solano Country. Schwab’s attorney Stacey Barrett told the paper that he was given a breathalyzer test which showed ... Read More »

VIDEO: Two people killed in San Jose car crash, DUI suspected

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Two people have died Sunday morning in a two-car crash in San Jose possibly as the result of an intoxicated driver, according to the fire department. It happened around 12:28 a.m. when a 25-year-old woman was driving westbound on Capitol Expressway in a 2012 Chevy Malibu. The car went into the center median and collided with a silver 2004 Lexus.   Read More »