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Are Takeout Cocktails Here to Stay?

One of the positive changes brought about by the pandemic occurred when many state and local government allowed customers to take pre-mixed cocktails outdoors in expanded dining areas.  According to Yahoo! news, 33 states and the District of Columbia pass emergency orders allowing outdoor drinking. Quoting the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! news reports that Washington, D.C., “Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio, and Iowa have already made such allowances permanent, while other states extended permission into next year.” Those opposed to permitting outdoor ... Read More »

Suspect in deadly Lake County DUI crash vanishes, family pleads for help

Source: Clickorlando.com LEESBURG, Fla. – Five years after their mother was killed in a Leesburg drunk driving crash, a family is demanding answers after the suspect vanished. Leesburg police investigators said Lori Ann Dudley, 54, was riding her motorcycle along Highway 441 the night of Aug. 20, 2016, when a vehicle hit her from behind at a stop light. Read More »

New DUI Enforcement Training Law Under Consideration in Tennessee

The Tennessee Senate has unanimously passed a law requiring law enforcement officers to undergo training on the proper testing procedures for use in investigating cases of suspected driving under the influence (DUI or DWI).  This training would be part of the annual in-service training required for certifications that occur on or after January 1, 2022. The law, if passed by the Tenn. House and signed by the Governor will amend T.C.A. Title 38, Chapter 8 and Title 55, Chapter 10, ... Read More »

New York State Assembly Passes Recreational Marijuana Law

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) — They estimate this could being in 375 million dollars a year in revenue. Lawmakers tell CBS 6 they have made an agreement, But critics of legal marijuana are concerned about what this could mean for public safety, specifically about impaired driving. “We have passed the point of legalized cannabis. It’s in New Jersey it’s in Massachusetts,” Governor Cuomo said in a briefing. The text of the bill hasn’t been finalized yet, but Assembly members say the ... Read More »

UPDATE: Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after Nipomo car crash leaves one dead, three injured

Source: ksby.com UPDATE (March 28, 10:42 a.m.) — One person is dead and three others are injured following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 101 in Nipomo Saturday night. According to California Highway Patrol officials, CHP officers received a report of a collision involving two cars on Highway 101 northbound, north of West Tefft Street in Nipomo, at approximately 11:12 p.m. Saturday. Read More »

Tennessee Trying to Increase BUI Penalties

On March 15, 2021, Tennessee Senate Bill 0246 was unanimously passed.  If the accompanying House Bill passes as well, as it appears it will, the penalties for Boating Under the Influence of an intoxicant (BUI) will be more closely aligned with the Tennessee penalties for Driving Under the Influence of an intoxicant (DUI). Furthermore, this new law clarifies that the offenses of Vehicular Assault, Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Homicide, and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide may be committed by a person boating ... Read More »

Lee County Sheriff’s Office commander arrested for DUI

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – by Kyra Shportun ABC7-Fort Myers, FL 6:41 PM EST, Tue March 09, 2021 A Lee County Sheriff’s Office commander was arrested for DUI in Collier County. Just after 11 p.m. Sunday Commander Mark Shelly, 42, was pulled over for making an illegal u-turn in North Naples and swerving in and out of his lane of traffic, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Shelly was pulled over on Vanderbilt Drive where deputies said he was seen putting ... Read More »

Drunk Florida man arrested for DUI admits ‘damn I’m buzzed’

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.(NBC2-Fort Myers)– A man was arrested in Charlotte County for a DUI after leaving the White Elephant bar. A Charlotte County Deputy pulled a tan Lincoln Town Car over for careless driving on Monday. When the deputy asked the driver for his license, Charles Kensill handed over his credit card instead. The deputy explained that his license was needed but Kensill said “see, I told you that’s it”. After he was able to produce his license, Kensill told ... Read More »

Diversion Now Possible For All Misdemeanor DUI Offenders in California

Effective January 1, 2021, all persons charged with misdemeanor DUI offenses in California (Vehicle Code sections 23152 and 23153) are arguably eligible to avoid a criminal conviction through diversion.  California Penal Code section 1001.95.  An old statute (California Vehicle Code section 23640) purports to exclude DUI offenses from all misdemeanor diversion programs, but the language of this new statute and the history behind it clearly demonstrates a legislative intent to include DUI offenses within it.  There are some trial courts ... Read More »

Bruce Springsteen Pleads Guilty to Alcohol Consumption in Closed Area; DUI and Other Charge Dropped

Source: https://variety.com/ In a court hearing Wednesday regarding his much-reported November DUI arrest, Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a restricted area but the driving under the influence and reckless driving charges were dropped for lack of evidence. The singer was fined $500 plus fees. “Mr. Springsteen is pleased with the outcome of today’s court appearance,” a statement from his rep reads. “The prosecutor was unable to provide the necessary evidence and facts as it related to the charge of Driving ... Read More »