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April 2011 Archives

Prom doesn't lead to underage DUI as much as thought

Prom season is here, graduation is coming up and summer break is not too far away. These are all events that may also involve underage drinking and underage DUI. While many teens may think of prom and believe that most of their peers are driving under the influence of alcohol, a 2009 report by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual insurance has found that a very small number of students drive while intoxicated following prom.

Faulty breathalyzers bring DUI cases into question

As discussed in a previous post, faulty breathalyzer devices have led to hundreds of DUI cases to come under scrutiny. Several devices that had been used in traffic stops and DUI arrests since January have been shown to give erratic blood-alcohol readings. Prosecutors will now review almost 300 DUI cases, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Defective breathalyzers leads to reexamination of DUI cases

The discovery of defects in a certain model of breathalyzer has led to the reexamination of hundreds of DUI cases and could also result eventually in the overturning of hundreds of DUI convictions. While these defective breathalyzers were discovered in another state, this situation could happen anywhere, including Georgia.

One-leg stand field sobriety test inappropriate for drivers over 60

A judge has tossed a DUI case against a 59-year-old woman who was being tried for driving under the influence on the basis of one failed field sobriety test -- one not even appropriate for her age. According to WTAE, the judge dropped the case against the woman because he said having failed the one-leg stand field sobriety test was an unreliable indicator that she had been intoxicated when involved in a car accident.

Effectiveness of DUI checkpoints debated in Georgia, around U.S.: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a recent article in the Times-Georgian discusses the debate for and against DUI checkpoints in Georgia and around the U.S. Law enforcement officers say that the checkpoints help keep people who are driving under the influence off the roads and also catch people who are driving with a revoked or suspended driver's license. In the course of the checkpoint, people are also arrested for drug possession or outstanding warrants, or cited for seat belt and child safety seat violations, among other citations.

Effectiveness of DUI checkpoints debated in Georgia, around U.S.: Part 1

A recent article in the Times-Georgian discusses the debate around DUI checkpoints in Georgia and around the U.S. Law enforcement agencies generally are in favor of the sobriety checkpoints because they say they result in many DUI arrests, but others wonder question whether they are the most effective use of officers' time and resources.

Great-great-granddaughter of Henry Ford arrested for drunk driving

An executive and heiress of Ford Motor Co was arrested and charged with DUI last week. She is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol while her 11-year-old son was a passenger, and so she has also been charged with endangering the life of someone under 16.

Proms, graduation parties could lead to underage DUI charges

As the school year winds to a close, the celebrations ramp up as young people attend proms and celebrate graduations. Some of these celebrations could involve alcohol and underage drinking, which could lead to charges of underage DUI. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver increase in April, May and June.

Proposed law targets first-time DUI offenders in Georgia

According to WALB, Georgia lawmakers are considering proposed legislation that would require a first-time DUI offender to install an ignition interlock device in their car that would prevent them from driving while under the influence of alcohol.