Month: March 2016

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Should the Legal Limit for BAC be Lowered?

The topic of conversation among members of the National Transportation Safety Board has been whether or not the legal limit for BAC should be lowered to .05%. As we know, the current legal limit is .08%, but the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending the limit be lowered to reduce deaths and injury caused by alcohol-related accidents.

This suggestion, however, might penalize those who act responsible on a daily basis. Sarah Longwell, managing director of American Beverage Institute, claims further restricting alcohol consumption does not “stop hardcore drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.” Another issue is the ratio of BAC to body weight among different body types. Many people could easily exceed the .05% threshold depending on their weight.

There are other reasons for people to drive irresponsibly without alcohol use. Narcotics and other drugs can also impair drivers and place others in danger. Being too tired or even speeding can put other motorists in an unsafe situation.Read More

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Are Breathalyzers a Violation of Civil Rights?

 

The use of breathalyzers are becoming increasingly popular among police officers in the United States. In recent years, more and more people are going to jail due to a breathalyzer result. The question is whether or not breathalyzers are even entirely accurate. If they aren’t, can the truly be admissible in court? For example, let’s say a college student of drinking age meets up with a friend for dinner. The student shares a small pitcher of margaritas with her friend over the course of three hours.

When she decides to head home, she is stopped by a DUI checkpoint. The police officer who stops her claims he saw her car swerve into another lane. Unfortunately, the officer can legally lie to her and say he saw her swerving, even if he didn’t. He then administers a breathalyzer after asking how much she had to drink. Being the honest student she is, she tells the officer she had two margaritas.Read More

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How to Get Back on Your Feet After Your First DUI Conviction

We are all human, and all humans make mistakes. These mistakes can include driving under the influence because you think you are okay to drive. However, this is usually not the case. Approximately two drinks is the limit, so a good rule of thumb is to stick to one or two drinks if you know you have to drive at all. Once you have that third drink, you are automatically at risk for blowing over the legal limit when taking a breathalyzer test in the event you get pulled over by the police.

If you do blow over and are arrested for drunk driving in Pennsylvania, you will likely be charged with a DUI and transported to jail. While this can be a black mark on your record, it does not have to dictate the rest of your life. Here are four ways of getting back on your feet after your first DUI conviction:

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10 Things to Remember if You Are Arrested

People are arrested every day in Pennsylvania, and most of these people make their situation worse by making mistakes that can easily be prevented if they had followed some simple advice.. Unfortunately, some people are arrested simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but these suggestions can allow for a smoother arrest process. Here are 10 things to remember if you are ever arrested for a DUI in Pennsylvania:

Police Are Not Always Honest

Police sometimes say things that are not true to get you to confess to a crime. Do not believe them if they reveal they “got you.” It is not against the law for police to lie, and they certainly take advantage of this. Police are actually trained to lie to you to obtain any sort of confession. This method is called the Reid Technique, and it is used all the time to prove cases.Read More