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Drugged Driving Now More Dangerous than Alcohol

The crime of Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DWI, OWI, etc.) may be committed by driving while impaired due to any intoxicant or combination of intoxicants.  These include, among other intoxicants, alcohol, prescribed medication or illegal drugs.   A 2016 study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (“GHSA”) shows a trend in fatal drug related crashes surpassing deadly accidents involving alcohol. Experts say this trend derives from states legalizing marijuana combined with the current opioid epidemic in America. According to ... Read More »

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol? Not if this High-Tech Device is Operational.

Development of high-tech equipment named the “Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety” (DADSS) aims to keep potential drunk drivers off the road. In a recent article written on timesunion.com by Tatiana Cirisano, this device will attempt to detect the driver’s blood alcohol content by using breath and touch tests. If the DADSS detects alcohol over the legal limit (.08 percent in all states), the vehicle will shut down and become non-operational. DADSS is a collaborative research partnership between the Automotive ... Read More »

New Technology to End Drunk Driving?

In August 2013, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Chief David Strickland wrote to the CEO’s of major automakers and urged them to continue supporting research and development of in-vehicle alcohol detection systems.  In 2008, research funded by automakers and the federal government began an effort to develop in-vehicle technologies that would prevent intoxicated drivers from starting and driving a car.  Although the Ignition Interlock Devices that are currently used accomplish this same goal, this new technology would differ significantly. Ignition ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Utilizing NHTSA’s ARIDE Training

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ARIDE course is described as a bridge between the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses.  ARIDE, which stands for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, is a 16-hour course that claims to teach officers how to look for signs of drug impairment during traffic stops.  On October 16-17, the Northeastern Pennsylvania DUI Task Force will provide local law enforcement with ARIDE training.  This is in response to what the Luzerne ... Read More »

Walking Under the Influence of an Intoxicant?

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and reported in the Washington Post,  walking under the influence of an intoxicant may be more hazardous than driving under the influence of an intoxicant.[1] In 2011, 35% of pedestrians who were killed had blood alcohol content (BAC) levels above the legal limit for driving.  In those crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths, only 13% of the involved drivers had BAC levels over the legal limit. The data ... Read More »

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Takes Action on DUI Cases

As noted by James Nesci, another contributor to this blog (See his post of May 14, 2013), in May 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) met to consider reducing the legal blood alcohol limit to drive.  As reported by USA Today, CNN, and many other news organizations, the principal NTSB recommendation focused on reducing the per se legal blood-alcohol content limit while driving from .08% to .05%. How many drinks does a person need to consume in order to ... Read More »

NHTSA Fights Back Against Succesful DUI Attorneys

DUI defense is undoubtedly a specialized and increasingly complex area of legal practice.  And with the pervasiveness of social media, such as this blog, DUI defense attorneys are expanding and refining their defense strategies and techniques.  But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is apparently not pleased with the resulting effectiveness of DUI defense attorneys. NHTSA recently published a report entitled Challenges and Defenses II: Claims and Responses to Common Challenges and Defenses in Driving While Impaired Cases.  The ... Read More »

Drunk Driving or Distracted Driving?

The dangers posed by impaired drivers are widely recognized.  Drunk and drugged driving remains a significant problem and should not ignored.   Nevertheless, the lesser-known danger of distracted driving must be addressed as well.  Despite evidence that instances of injuries and death due to distracted driving have increased, public awareness and policy lag far behind awareness and policy for drunk driving. In 2009, 5,400 people died and another 448,000 were injured because of distracted drivers.[1]  Of the 5,400 deaths, 995 were ... Read More »

Drowsy or Drunk? More About Drowsy Driving

According to the AAA, Drowsy Driving causes nearly one out of six deadly traffic accidents and one out of eight crashes that results in a hospital visit.  Over 40% of drivers admit to having “fallen asleep or nodded off” while driving according to the AAA’s 2010 national survey of U.S. drivers.  Perhaps most alarming is the fact that these statistics may not reflect the full extent of the problem. Hyperarousal is one reason for the under-reporting of accidents that result ... Read More »

An Introduction to DUI Field Sobriety Tests

 Many people believe that every field sobriety test helps an officer determine if someone is intoxicated. This is not true. Officers may administer and reference many different types of field sobriety tests, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has validated and standardized only three to assist them in making a DUI arrest decision. Collectively these tests are often referred to as NHTSA’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, referred to by law enforcement officers as SFSTs, or just FSTs. It ... Read More »