It's not uncommon to read about drunk driving cases involving rather strange circumstances, but a recent DUI case out of the state of Virginia is particularly remarkable as it gives a new meaning to the term "back seat driver."
The legal and social ramifications of such a DUI conviction are incredibly far-reaching. This may help explain why one attorney here in New York City is being so persistent in his demand for records from the New York Police Department, records that he believes will reveal that some people slapped with DUI convictions were actually convicted using information from faulty breathalyzers.
If asked to describe the typical driver arrested for DUI, there is a very good chance that most of us would describe a man. As if turns out, however, that isn't entirely accurate. While plenty of male drivers do indeed get arrested for DUI, so do many female drivers. In fact, a recent story in Time Magazine shows that the number of female drivers arrested for drunk driving is actually on the rise. Time covered a recent meeting of the Transportation Research Board, in which members discussed a growing epidemic of female drunk driving. The members of the board, however, conceded that it was sometimes difficult to find statistics on this issue.
Following virtually every traffic stop made by police suspicious of a driver's intoxication, one or more sobriety tests are administered. Methods including (but not limited to) a field test, breathalyzer, and blood sample exam are employed by authorities to determine one's blood-alcohol content, with results frequently comprising the lion's share of a case's relevant evidence.
Being accused of having driven while drunk and having gotten into an accident can be a very serious matter. Major criminal charges can be brought against an individual in connection to such an allegation. This can be seen in a case that has recently arisen in New York.
As we speak, people across the state of New York are begrudgingly putting away their decorations, taking down their lights, and saying their final goodbyes to friends and families as the holidays have officially drawn to a close. Of course, with the end of the holiday season also comes the release of comprehensive statistics summarizing the impact of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
On Monday, an allegedly drunk driver injured a 27-year-old man as the man was crossing a street in Queens.
All this week and next, people across the state of New York will be attending holiday parties put on by family, friends and employers. The majority of these parties will feature delicious food, festive music, carefully planned gift-exchanges and, of course, an assortment of alcoholic beverages.
At this time of the year, the overwhelming majority of the conversation concerning the National Football League is dedicated to the hunt for the playoffs and the players who are most deserving of certain coveted awards. However, a fatal drunk driving accident involving two players from the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend has led many people to start talking about whether NFL personnel, coaches and players are doing enough to combat alcohol abuse.
It's horrifying to think that a school bus driver might be drunk on the job. It's almost beyond belief. Yet, a school bus driver on Long Island was recently charged with a DUI after his school bus crashed right into someone's home, and a blood test revealed he was indeed intoxicated.