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Emma’s Law Stiffens DUI Punishments

GREENVILLE, S.C. — DUI penalties in South Carolina just got a lot tougher after a law is passed to commemorate a victim of a drunk driving car wreck. Emma’s Law went into effect Wednesday. This comes after South Carolina received heavy criticism for being too lax on DUI enforcement and punishment in the past. The law makes it easier for convicted drunk drivers to get a new interlock device. Read More »

New DUI law takes effect in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – What is being called a “lifesaving” DUI law has gone into effect in Mississippi. Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced that starting on Wednesday, anyone convicted of drunk driving in the state will have to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle as part of their sentence. MADD says that the new law is a key victory in its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which is focused on passing similar legislation in all 50 ... Read More »

Changes coming for DUI enforcement

Changes in Mississippi’s DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system. The Mississippi Legislature drafted the new laws in 2013, with the stipulation that the changes would take effect this year. Legislators also made some changes during the 2014 session. According to a summary of the law, when a person is convicted of their first offense DUI, the court will order them to complete an alcohol safety education ... Read More »

Testing the DUI test: Reporter imbibes for police training

New Hanover — Three hours after finishing the last of a whiskey and Coke, I felt pretty fine. “You seem pretty OK,” one police officer who’d just finished performing a field sobriety test on me said. “You’re right on the line. I could arrest you or I couldn’t.” But… “But I’d probably arrest you,” the officer said before looking down at his clipboard and marking down some notes. Read More »

What is DUI Less Safe?

If you’ve only had a couple of beers with your pizza or margaritas with your taco salad and you’re confident you’re sober enough to legally drive, think again. Just because your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of .08 percent, you’re not necessarily home free. Georgia law states that “a person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe ... Read More »