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Cleveland woman charged with homicide after DUI crash kills motorcyclist

CLEVELAND – A motorcyclist died Monday evening when a car driven by a suspected drunk driver failed to yield while making a turn. John Stoudermire, Jr., 52, of Cleveland, was driving his motorcycle east on Kinsman Road at around 8 p.m. when a car turning left from East 73rd failed to yield to traffic. The motorcycle crashed into the side of the car, killing Stoudermire. Police say that the driver of the car, Shantina Reed, 25, was operating it under ... Read More »

DUI by Prescription Drugs

During your next visit to your doctor, she prescribes a muscle relaxer, or a “nerve pill” or cough syrup (your choice). You stop by the pharmacy and take the prescribed amount while there because you need immediate relief. On the way home, you are stopped at a red light when you are rear-ended. Once the police arrive, you are ultimately arrested—even though you did nothing wrong! Can this be legal? Unfortunately, it occurs far too frequently. Most people are unaware ... Read More »

Can I refuse the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests?

In Hawaii, the officers will try to establish that you are impaired using so-called sobriety tests.  These involve the officer looking at your eyes while you follow an object, having you walk heel to toe and balance on one leg.  They will either try to cajole you into performing them or coerce you into performing them.  Do not let the officer do any of the tests on you.  If the officer does his job properly, he will ask you some ... Read More »

DRIVERLESS CARS IN USE ALL OVER THE WORLD BY 2025

While recently attending meetings with his counterparts from the G7 countries, Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation, said he’s very optimistic that driverless cars will be in use all over the world in ten years. Foxx said governments must work with the auto industry and speed up the usually slow pace of regulatory approval. Foxx also said more investments are needed in infrastructure through public-private partnerships. Recent evidence of the global drive toward the use of autonomous vehicles is the ... Read More »

Girl, 9, killed in suspected DUI crash in downtown Aurora

An Aurora man may have been intoxicated when he drove into oncoming traffic in downtown Aurora Friday night and struck a minivan, killing a 9-year-old girl and injuring two others, police said. The 25-year-old man was driving a 2003 Cadillac DeVille southbound on Broadway Avenue, just south of Pierce Avenue, at about 9:10 p.m. when he went into the northbound lane and into the path of a 2009 Toyota Sienna, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department. Read More »

RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

It was a busy week in the nascent era of autonomous vehicles. 9/14: Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the City of Boston was selected by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum as a focus city to participate in a 1-year study of autonomous vehicles in an urban environment. The City is now trying to coordinate with the state Department of Transportation and with the legislature to ensure state regulations keep up with the new technologies and to determine if at this ... Read More »

Arrested for DUI, Browns’ Alvin Bailey told police he was drinking on the team plane

An NFL player getting nabbed for DUI is hardly newsworthy these days, and so normally we wouldn’t be writing about how Cleveland Browns starting right guard Alvin Bailey was arrested for that very charge early Monday morning. What’s so different about Bailey’s arrest is that he told the arresting officers in North Royalton, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, that he had been drinking on the team plane as the Browns flew back from Sunday’s game in Miami. In 2007, the NFL ... Read More »

1. What should I say if a cop asks me if I have been drinking?

When you have been pulled over by a police officer you may feel nervous.  The officer is already on a mission.  Although you have been seized and are unable to leave freely, the officer need not give you Miranda warnings.  He will use this to his advantage.  The officer is conducting an investigation and he wants to arrest you for DUI.  He already thinks you are drunk and he wants you to provide him with the evidence to seal your ... Read More »

Tennessee Repeals New Underage DWI Law

July 1, 2016 was a highly anticipated day for many in Tennessee: for the very first time, wine was available for purchase in grocery stores. Gliding in under the radar, perhaps because of all the hype surrounding the grocery store wine revolution, were many other changes to Tennessee’s alcohol-related criminal laws. One such legislative update changed the way that Tennessee handled a small and categorically difficult class of individuals: underage DUI defendants. These are people ages 18 to 20, who ... Read More »

Woman charged with DUI-manslaughter after motorcycle crash

A 25-year-old Key West woman was jailed Friday after state troopers said she drunkenly crashed into a pair of motorcycle riders Aug. 1 near Sugarloaf Key and kept driving for another half-mile before stopping. Mary Elizabeth Bailey turned herself in on an arrest warrant charging her with driving under the influence-manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, DUI causing serious injury and two counts of DUI causing property damage. Bailey’s bond was set at $310,000. At 8:43 p.m. ... Read More »