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Does Marijuana Usage Impair One’s Ability to Drive?

Substantiating British research from many years ago, a car crash study reported on May 20, 2019 in the online version of the journal Addiction, found no statistically significant relationship between drivers testing positive for Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other drugs and those who did not in contributing to a motor vehicle collisions. The study was based on 3005 injured drivers and police reports on 2318.  In particular, the findings found no statistically significant relationship between testing positive for THC and the risk ... Read More »

Unconscious Consent

Our right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures just moved a step closer to extinction. The most recent U.S. Supreme court case to carve deeper into the Bill of Rights was Mitchell v. Wisconsin. DUI laws in most states allow a person to refuse a chemical test of their breath or blood although there is typically a civil penalty (ie. potential loss of driving privileges). On June 27th the United States Supreme Court ruled that Gerard Mitchell’s blood ... Read More »

Alabama assistant strength coach arrested for second DUI in last 2 ½ years

TUSCALOOSA — Former Alabama standout and current assistant strength coach Josh Chapman was arrested Saturday morning for driving under the influence, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office online jail database. This is Chapman’s second DUI charge in the last 2 ½ years after previously being arrested for the same offence on Jan. 29, 2017. Chapman, a former nose guard at Alabama from 2007-11 who was an integral part of the Crimson Tide’s defensive line during its 2009 and 2011 national ... Read More »

Do Police Have to Get a Search Warrant to Obtain the Blood of an Unconscious Driver?

Have you ever wondered whether a police officer needs to request a search warrant when attempting to obtain a blood sample from an unconscious suspected drunk driver?  The United States Supreme Court recently answered that question.  The Court agreed that there is no question that our Fourth Amendment constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures applies when blood is taken from the body of a person suspected of driving under the influence (DUI, DWI, or OUI). However, the Court was ... Read More »

NM state senator shocked by DWI arrest: ‘Are you serious?’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico state senator expressed surprise when he learned he was being arrested on a drunken driving charge, slurring his speech as he lay in an emergency room and saying to an officer, “Are you serious? Jesus Christ.” The comments from Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola, appeared in police lapel video released Monday. Police said he crashed his Mercedes SUV on Friday night into the back of a vehicle that had two people inside stopped at a ... Read More »

New Haven man gets 4 years in hit-and-run death

NEW HAVEN — One year after the car he was driving struck and killed a motorcyclist, a city man has been sentenced to serve four years in prison. Luis Lala, 28, of Ellsworth Avenue, had pleaded guilty to evading responsibility involving the death of a person: Bobby Sunshine Pinkston, 37, of West Haven. After Lala entered into the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the other charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating under ... Read More »

“End Drunk Driving Act” And Others Introduced In Congress

As reported by Patch.com, on May 30, 2019, Long Island, NY Congresswoman Kathleen Rice introduced a package of three bills that would combat impaired and distracted driving.  The End Drunk Driving Act will require that within 10 years, all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with advanced DWI-prevention technology.  According to the Garden City Democrat, “… nearly 15,000 were killed in 2018 because of an impaired or distracted driver – these are deadly and tragic epidemics that have ... Read More »

L.A. County Coroner’s van caught nearly getting into wreck before DUI arrest

LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) – Shocking video caught on a cell phone shows a Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office supervisor drunk driving and nearly causing multiple head-on collisions while behind the wheel of her county-owned Coroner’s van. One family says her arrest resulted in a gap in leadership and played a part in the wrongful cremation of their son. That family is now suing Los Angeles County for negligence. CONTINUE READING BELOW It happened on June 1, 2016 in the 14 ... Read More »

Intoxication manslaughter, illegal entry among charges for man who crashed into family

SAN ANTONIO — We have confirmed the driver from Sunday morning’s deadly crash in South Bexar County is facing multiple charges as he recovers in the hospital. According to Bexar County officials, Jesus Abraham Gonzalez-Moreno, 26, faces four charges of intoxication assault, one DWI and one illegal entry charge. The District Attorney’s office said it will change one of the intoxication assaults to an intoxication manslaughter charge after one victim, 58-year-old Keith Kephart, passed away Monday night. Read More »

Off-Duty Officer Charged With DUI After Car Crashes Into Restaurant, Killing Mother Of 2

CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty police officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after his car crashed into a restaurant, killing one person in Gresham. Marquita Reed, a nurse and mother of two, died after she was pinned underneath the car that crashed into Tony’s Philly Steak, in the 1700 block of west 87th Street. Read More »