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DUI Technology—The DRUID App

The effects of alcohol intoxication are relatively well-known, and they are also relatively universal among different people. The amount of alcohol concentration in one’s bloodstream that causes these effects differs among each of us (e.g. tolerance). Moreover, the amount of time it takes to experience these effects is dependent upon a number of factors such as how quickly the alcohol is consumed, the amount of food in one’s stomach, etc. Nonetheless, all states[1] in the U.S. have adopted the 0.08% ... Read More »

Illegal immigrant charged in DUI crash that killed teenage girl

An illegal immigrant is accused of drunken driving in the Thanksgiving car crash that killed a teenage girl in Texas. Jose Victor Chaparro-Saenz, who is accused of running a red light and ramming another vehicle in the deadly Nov. 23 incident, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, FOX4 Dallas reported. Chaparro-Saenz was placed on an immigration detainer on Friday after he was arrested, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement ... Read More »

Petaluma police arrest suspected DUI driver after crash

A Petaluma woman remained in the Sonoma County Jail Tuesday, suspected of drunken driving after running a red light and hitting another vehicle, according to Petaluma police. Danielle Carter, 32, was arrested by Petaluma police Sunday night, suspected of felony DUI causing an injury and driving with a suspended license stemming from an earlier DUI arrest, Sgt. Andrew Urton said in a news release issued Tuesday. The crash occurred about 7:40 p.m. on Old Redwood Highway at North McDowell Boulevard. ... Read More »

Is the new “autonomous” car really autonomous?

When we think about the new electrical cars we hear the terms “autonomous” or “self-driving cars” a lot. However, are these cars truly self-driving or autonomous? Malcolm Gladwell, in his article found in Cars and Drivers, makes the argument that these cars are not truly autonomous. These cars rely on formulas, algorithms, and networks to drive the car. Gladwell argues that this is taking the control out of the hands of the driver and placing it into a network. This ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS CLOSER TO REQUIRING IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE FOR ALL OUI/DUI OFFENDERS

The Massachusetts Senate approved a measure that would require an ignition interlock device for all drivers found to be operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Massachusetts is currently the only New England state that does not require the device for first offenders. The measure is now in the House where a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving testified in support of the legislation that is similar to laws enacted in 30 other states. The law would replace the ... Read More »

Drager 5000 Used to Detect Drugs in a Person’s System at Traffic Stops

Earlier this year, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) began to use the Drager 5000.  This machine was created to help police officers detect drivers who are driving while impaired from drugs. More particularly, the machine is mainly used to detect drivers who are under the influence of marijuana. In November of 2016, California voted to make marijuana legal throughout the state.  This new rise in legalization of marijuana leads to greater chances of driving under the influence of marijuana.  ... Read More »

Man charged with DUI for driving drunk on lawn tractor

AURORA, Ill. — A man was arrested and charged in Aurora for driving a John Deere lawn tractor in the street while he was drunk. Ruben Garza, 50, faces several charges including two counts of driving under the influence after driving the lawn tractor in the street near Fifth and Ashland around 3:40 p.m. on Friday, November 10. Police said a witness said the man appeared drunk, looked like he was falling asleep, and that he had stopped to urinate ... Read More »

Charged with a DUI in Mississippi? Tips on Finding the Best DUI Defense Lawyer

A new article from the popular Huffington Post provides some helpful guidance to this question.  In, “How to Find the Best DUI Lawyer by Yourself,” writer Victoria Yore advises, among other things: “Hiring a DUI attorney with experience affords you multiple benefits such as a behind-the-scenes knowledge of the court system, expert counseling on what to/to not say, knowledge of plea bargain details, and the ability to navigate difficult situations. If you decide to represent yourself, you may be confused ... Read More »

The Newest in BodyCam Technology

Officers may not particularly like recordings of traffic stops and DUI investigations—after all, who wants all their actions recorded for review by their supervisor and potentially the public? Nonetheless, body cameras are invaluable in protecting both officers and citizens during non-routine encounters because the video footage provides a complete and unbiased recordation of the full situation. In DUI cases, though, the recordings provide experienced defense counsel the opportunity to detect Constitutional violations and procedural mistakes. In particular, lawyers scrutinize the ... Read More »

Can a Cop Detect Marijuana Intoxication?

Our criminal justice system currently depends primarily upon the opinions of police officers to determine whether a driver is “driving stoned” — that is, unable to safely operate a vehicle due to marijuana impairment.  The main tool used to formulate this opinion is the same as that used for driving under the influence of alcohol: field sobriety tests.  These highly subjective roadside “tests”, administered and interpreted by cops with minimal training, are coming under increasing scrutiny — as reflected in ... Read More »