Month: August 2016

Do Ignition Interlock Devices Really Work?

About a month ago, Pennsylvania passed a new law regarding punishments for driving under the influence. Under the new law, certain first-time offenders may be able to avoid having their license suspended. Instead, they can apply to have an ignition interlock device installed into their car. Doing so allows those who may have may a one-time mistake to still go to school or work, as long as they are sober.

While Senate Bill 290 was a widely-praised move at the time, problems with the devices have already been brought to light. Critics have been quick to point out that these issues can make choosing an ignition interlock device almost not worth it. And for those who are impacted by these problems, their daily lives can be severely hampered.

How Ignition Interlock Devices Workshutterstock_196210403

Before we can fully explain the problems ignition interlock devices, or IIDs, present, it’s important to
understand how they work.Read More

Man Charged with DUI After Crashing into House

A Philadelphia man has found himself under arrest and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he drove his car into a home in the Oxford Circle area.

According to authorities, the accident occurred just after 7:00 p.m., when a man driving a 2012 black Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed.

The 33-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and landed on the lawn of a property in the 6400 block of Algon Avenue before it struck the house.

Law enforcement officials indicate that the driver, whose identity has not been released, suffered bruises to his arms and legs. The home suffered structural damage from the accident. A woman who was home at the time of the crash suffered no injury.

Police arrested the man on the charge of DUI.

There are serious penalties if you are convicted of DUI or DWI in the state of Pennsylvania.Read More

Drunk Driver Hits and Kills Woman in Wheelchair

The driver who was responsible for the death of a wheelchair-bound woman and the injury of a teen pedestrian has been found by police.

Authorities have identified Andrew Acito, 29, of Glenolden Acito to be in connection with the accident. Investigators say that while Elaine was sitting in her wheelchair in the median of Lehigh Avenue at Mascher Street located in the Fairhill area when she was struck by Acito in a white 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck. Acito then immediately struck the 18-year-old girl before fleeing the scene.

Both Elaine and the teen were transported to the hospital. Elaine later died of injuries that she sustained in the crash. The 18-year-old pedestrian was released from the hospital. She was able to identify Acito’s vehicle to investigators.

Police arrested Acito and have charged him with DUI, Homicide by Vehicle while DUI, Involuntary Manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and other related offenses.Read More

Pennsylvania Changes Alcohol Purchasing Laws

When it comes to when and where you can buy alcohol, Pennsylvania has been one of the strictest states in the country. However, that is finally changing. With new legislation that came into effect last week — Act 39 — many more establishments are able to sell wine, liquor and beer. Though getting the proper license to do so may be expensive, hotels, casinos and other businesses may see it as a worthy investment.

Perhaps the most expensive license is for casinos. For a cool $1 million, they can apply to sell alcohol during overnight hours. For the first four years after initial licensing, the renewal fee is also $1 million. For the fifth year and beyond, the price drops to $250,000. Due to this staggering price, no casino thus far has said they are applying for the license. Here’s a breakdown of the other changes this new law is enacting:

Breweries
As we have mentioned before, Pennsylvania is home to some of the best craft brewers in the nation.… Read More

Philadelphia Drivers Not The Worst, New Study Says

It seems no matter where you live, there’s always the idea that drivers in other states aren’t quite up to our own standards.  When we see someone driving erratically or too slow, we take a glance at their license plate and chalk it up to “those drivers” being from somewhere else.

Drivers in New Jersey and Delaware can breathe easy now that SmartAsset, a personal finance and tech company, has determined they aren’t the worst – although they did rank within the top five worst.

SmartAsset’s report, which used a number of factors in order to determine the rankings, said that New Jersey received the #4 spot because of the number of deaths per year per number of drivers on the road. New Jersey drivers are almost all insured – 90% in fact.

Delaware drivers made it to the #5 spot because they had the most number of deaths per driver out of all of the entire country.Read More

Supreme Court Changes Blood Test Laws

In Pennsylvania, drivers pulled over on suspicion of DUI are given a tough decision: submit to a blood test, or go to jail for refusal. It doesn’t matter if drivers had any drinks before they were pulled over. If a cop wants to test their blood, it’s a done deal. That level of invasion of privacy seemed unconstitutional since it was first implemented, but there was not much Pennsylvania citizens could do about it. Now, the Supreme Court has taken a stand against the state.

A new ruling dictates that police officers must obtain a warrant in order to take a blood test from anyone they pull over for driving under the influence. With that decision, hundreds of current blood samples are in question and could be thrown out. The ruling follows similar rulings in Minnesota and North Dakota, where using the threat of punishment to gain cooperation on a blood test was found unconstitutional.Read More