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Proposed Law Requires Technology Aimed at Eliminating Impaired Driving

On October 16, 2019 U.S. Senators Rick Scott (R. FL) and Tom Udall (D. UT) have jointly proposed legislation known as the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 or the RIDE Act of 2019.  According to Senator Scott’s website, the proposed law will “fund the technology transfer of federally funded research and development of advanced alcohol detection software – technology that detects whether a driver is impaired over the legal limit and, if so, prevents that driver from ... Read More »

NHP finds 6 pounds of heroin during DUI stop in Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Nevada Highway Patrol troopers made a major drug bust overnight, finding over six pounds of heroin. Law enforcement made the discovery late Thursday night during a DUI investigation in the Las Vegas valley. According to authorities, the driver in the vehicle was taken into custody and the six pounds of heroin were confiscated during a vehicle search. NHP’s Southern Command called the drugs found “poison” that won’t make it in to the Clark County community. Read More »

Sayreville man charged with DUI in Old Bridge deadly motorcycle wreck

OLD BRIDGE – A Sayreville man has been charged in a drunken driving crash that killed the passenger of his motorcycle. Jack Piatek, 27, was arrested Saturday and charged with vehicular homicide by driving while under the influence of alcohol, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said in a statement. Jessica Vinsko, 36, of South Amboy died in the crash. EARLIER: Passenger killed in Old Bridge motorcycle crash An investigation determined that at approximately 11:50 p.m. Thursday, Piatek was driving a Harley ... Read More »

Tennessee Joins Interstate Driver License Compact

As of July 1, 2020, Tennessee joins 42 other states in the Interstate Driver License Compact. According to the National Center for Interstate Compacts,  The Driver License Compact is an interstate compact used by States of the United States to exchange information concerning license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents and forward them to the state where they [the offenders] are licensed—known as the home state. Its theme is “One Driver, One License, One Record.” The home state would treat ... Read More »

Pedestrian killed in suspected DUI crash on Highway 273 in Redding

An Anderson man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after the boat he was towing on Highway 273 struck a man who later died at the hospital Wednesday night, Redding police said. Investigators said Stewart Helmer, 63, was driving his SUV and pulling a boat south on Highway 273 near Breslauer Way around 10:45 p.m. Helmer was in the right lane when he saw a person on the west side of the road near the fog line ... Read More »

Saliva Testing Drivers For Marijuana/THC

Regular readers of this blog know that I try to keep them informed about new methods of detecting marijuana (THC) in the body of drivers.  For instance, you may wish to review my 2019 post here and my 2015 post here.  In addition to breath tests, a saliva test has now been studied.  If perfected, this method will likely be used by law-enforcement officers as part of their investigatory procedures to determine if someone is driving under the influence of ... Read More »

Man accused of killing teen in northeast Fresno DUI crash faces judge

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — James Anderson, the man accused of running a red light last Sunday at Chestnut and Nees in northeast Fresno, killing a teen, faced a judge on Wednesday via video conference. He is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence. 19-year-old Carson Gates was killed, and his 17-year-old girlfriend was injured in the crash. “In this case, the defendant was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana. He was observed going ... Read More »

Are There Drive-Thru Bars During The Corona-Virus Pandemic?

Apparently drive-through bars are for real and being used more frequently during this pandemic!  For instance, Johnny’s Bar and Casino became the first drive-through bar in Great Falls, Montana. Fortunately, the business already had a drive through window through which it was previously selling food. However, once receiving approval from the State of Montana, Johnny’s Bar and Casino began selling growlers, bar drinks, and beer through the window complete with drive-through bartenders. One may learn more about this drive-through bar ... Read More »

Auto-Brewery Syndrome Update 2020

Readers of this news blog may recall an interesting post about “Auto Brewery Syndrome” (ABS) posted by one of our California contributors, Lawrence Taylor.  This syndrome occurs when bowel abnormalities affect patients by creating a yeast overgrowth, usually candida, in the G.I. tract.  This causes fermentation of ingested carbohydrates, producing enough alcohol to result in drunkeness.[1]  Interestingly, in 2020 a distinction from traditional ABS was made in a case study published in the peer-reviewed Annals of Internal Medicine.  The treating ... Read More »

News anchor charged with DUI had trouble maintaining balance, police say

SALT LAKE CITY — New court documents explain what led police officers to stop and cite KUTV news anchor Shauna Lake with DUI last month at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Lake, who is listed in court documents as Shauna Lake Marshall, 49, of Holladay, is charged in Salt Lake City Justice Court with driving under the influence of alcohol, a class B misdemeanor. Her attorney, Scott Williams, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client on ... Read More »