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Breath tests banned from courtrooms in DUI cases

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A panel of Orange County judges could decide as early as Thursday whether a previous ruling that resulted in breath tests being kept out of court will be overturned. Defense attorneys have been able to convince judges the results of the Intoxilyzer 8000 can’t be trusted in court without the company first turning over its secret source code to the defense. The company, CMI, won’t fully disclose what it calls its trade secrets, so the tests ... Read More »

Arizona’s ‘super extreme DUI’ and how we measure impaired driving in the U.S.

The law of the land is that driving with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08 percent is a crime, though exactly how the crime is punished varies from state to state. (The Governors Highway Safety Association has a handy list here, outlining how the punishments vary in terms of length and what happens to the drivers.) Arizona added the “super extreme DUI” charge in 2007 to cover anyone with a blood-alcohol level of at least .20 percent, which can carry with it a sentence ... Read More »

Uber Says They’re Reducing DUI Arrests, But Police Say There’s No Way To Tell

Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft make it easier to get a ride instead of driving home wasted from the bar—but does this mean fewer people are driving drunk? The number of DUI offenses have dropped in Los Angeles and other cities since ride-sharing arrived on the scene, but police say there’s no way to credit these companies for that change. Read More »

Facing DUI Charge, Palm Coast Man Attempts to Bribe Deputy With Dinner

Rank-and-file Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies don’t make that much money: they start in the low 30s, and take time to accumulate the sort of raises that might get them closer to a decent wage. That doesn’t mean they can be bought. Ricardo Feo Sr., a 58-year-old resident of Princess Geraldine Place in Palm Coast, found that out when he ran into deputy Joseph Barile Friday afternoon (July 18), when a traffic stop turned into a DUI arrest, and a case ... Read More »

Yolanda Foster’s 17-year-old daughter charged with DUI

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster’s daughter, 17-year-old Bella Hadid, was arrested and charged with DUI early Tuesday. The teen was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway when she was pulled over, reports TMZ. Officers detected alcohol and Hadid blew a .14 — nearly double the legal limit — while driving on a suspended license. Read More »

After ordeal, Moriarty wants police-car cameras

For Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, putting video cameras in new police cars became personal two years ago when he was arrested for drunken driving and video from a camera mounted on a cruiser helped get the charges dropped and his name cleared. Since May, both chambers of the Legislature have overwhelmingly adopted his bill to require the cameras in newly acquired police vehicles. If Republican Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t veto the measure by Aug. 11, it becomes law. Read More »