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Suspected DUI arrests increase 17% for Thanksgiving holiday, CHP says

Source: kcra.com Suspected DUI arrests for this year’s Thanksgiving weekend increased by 17% as compared to last year’s, according to the California Highway Patrol. During the Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period, CHP said 1,019 arrests were made for impaired driving. The period ran from 6 p.m. on Wednesday and ran through midnight Sunday. Fifty-seven people were also killed on the roadway during this period, reflecting a 14% increase from the previous year.   Read More »

Will The 2021 Infrastructure Legislation Make Drunk Driving A Thing of the Past?

There has been a lot of discussion both before and after the passage of President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill, but there has been little emphasis on the effect it will have on DUI/DWI/OWI cases.  In particular, the “Advanced Impaired Driving Technology” portion of the new law (Section 24220) directs automakers to install new technology designed to stop drivers from being able to start or continue to operate the vehicle if it detects they are impaired by alcohol. According to the legislation, ... Read More »

Boca Raton police officer fired after DUI crash and Internal Affairs probe

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — Boca Raton police released an internal affairs investigation that led to the firing of one of their officers. Delray Beach police initially charged off-duty officer Bartolo Renteria with driving under the influence with property damage or injury following a crash on South Military Trail on Sept. 8, 2020. In May, Renteria, 30, pleaded guilty to lesser charges of reckless driving causing property damage. Read the rest of the story HERE. Local attorney Ron Herman did ... Read More »

‘A stupid decision’: Wells family releases statement after father of Summer Wells arrested on DUI charge

Source: wjhl.com HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- The father of missing Hawkins County 5-year-old Summer Wells was arrested on Saturday night, according to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sergeant Betty Crawford with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Wells is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, having an open container, violation of financial responsibility and others. Wells’ “financial responsibility” charge may have stemmed from driving uninsured, as Tennessee law requires drivers to provide evidence they can pay for repairs or damages after ... Read More »

Irvine man charged with murder in DUI crash that happened after he left hospital following fentanyl overdose

by: KTLA Digital Staff An Irvine man was charged with murder for a fatal DUI crash that took place just hours after he was released from a hospital following a fentanyl overdose, officials said Thursday. Luis Marcial Diaz, 21, faces one felony count of murder for the death of 61-year-old Kyu Chen, of Irvine, who was on her way to work just after 4 a.m. Sept. 27 when Diaz crashed into her vehicle, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. That ... Read More »

Lexington Police: 16-year-old arrested for DUI after hitting school bus, another vehicle

Source: WIS News 10 Staff COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A 16-year-old was arrested after hitting a Lexington One School District school bus and another vehicle, according to the Lexington Police Department. No children were on the school bus at the time of the accident and no injuries were reported. The 16-year-old, who has not been identified due to his age, is charged with driving under the influence, open container, and minor in possession of liquor. Officers say he was the ... Read More »

4 Common Ways to Monitor DUI Offenders

As part of a DUI offender’s bond or probation, a court may require a person to ne monitored for alcohol or drugs.  The four most common types of monitoring systems are (in no particular order): Transdermal Devices, Ignition Interlock Devices, Portable Breath Testing Devices, and Drug Sweat Patches (to test for drugs).  These methods are also excellent ways to establish a “track record” to prove the defendant is not consuming alcohol even if not required by a court.  For instance, ... Read More »

Missouri’s Open Container Law Has Surprising Results

Missouri has not criminalized open containers of alcohol in vehicles on state roads. The result has surprised some safety experts. Instead of an increase in highway motor vehicle fatalities, Missouri’s roads have become safer. They have become safer than other states. Federal dollars earmarked for road construction have been forced to be re-allocated toward highway safety projects in Missouri. The federal government attaches strings to its spending measures. Missouri has not complied. Missouri’s gamble has paid off. The current penalty ... Read More »

4 Connecticut cops in Las Vegas crash; 1 dead, 1 facing DUI charge: reports

Source: foxnews.com A Connecticut police officer was being held on $100,000 bail Saturday, accused of being an impaired driver following a Las Vegas crash that left a fellow officer dead, according to reports. New Haven police Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, a six-year member of the force, was at the wheel of a 2020 Rolls Royce with three other police officers and two women as passengers when the crash occurred around 4 a.m. Friday, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported. The vehicle went out ... Read More »

Alabama’s 2021 Law Now Allows Criminal Convictions to be Expunged

The Alabama legislature, in a 2021 legislative session, passed into law an act that will allow many criminal convictions to be expunged. When criminal arrests and now convictions are “expunged” the result is supposed to remove these sensitive records from public access. This new law which went into effect August 1, 2021, even includes many felony convictions. This means that felony convictions that did not include a violent crime can be removed from access by most everyone. The expungement law, ... Read More »