A recent Bristol Township news report detailed the preliminary hearing of a 46-year-old Bensalem woman who was charged with criminal homicide, homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and DUI. The charges stem from a 2011 incident in which the woman drove her 2010 Chevy Camaro into the back of a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, leaving its 30-year-old female rider dead and the male driver of the motorcycle with serious injuries. After reportedly drinking four beers at a VFW post, the woman allegedly was driving her Camaro at 92 mph in a 40 mph speed zone when the collision occurred. Blood and urine testing later revealed that the driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.86 percent at the time of the incident, which is just above the Pennsylvania legal limit for driving of 0.8. Other witnesses testified that the woman had been speeding and driving erratically just minutes before the collision.… Read More
According to the York Daily Record, state police in York County made 747 DUI arrests in 2012, which is the most made in York County, and perhaps in the state, in any given year. State police troopers are focused on stopping impaired drivers in York County, whether they are driving drunk at night or driving under the influence of drugs during daytime hours. In recent years, law enforcement officials have seen an increase in the number of drivers under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs, with marijuana being one of the most common types of drugs found during DUI traffic stops.
This phenomenon is occurring not just in York County, but statewide, with statistics showing that 31% of the total DUI arrests made in Pennsylvania in 2012 involved drug use, for a total of 14,000 DUI-drug arrests. This percentage increased from 28% of the total Pennsylvania DUI arrests made in 2011.… Read More