Uber often claims that its services help to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. If you have spent a late night out on the town in Massachusetts and had a few drinks, you probably have taken Uber home instead of driving. However, a new study shows that while this helped to prevent you from drunk driving, Uber has no overall effect on drunk driving fatalities.
Governor Baker began his second term with a wide-ranging traffic safety proposal. According to the news media, the governor cited such facts as 1,820 people died and 15,662 seriously injured on the Commonwealth’s roads between 2012 and 2016. He also stated that traffic safety here in Massachusetts would be top priority. This is good news for all drivers, but those who have inconsistent driving habits will likely find the governor’s solutions for the issue a difficult pill to swallow.
After stopping off at the local hangout with your friends or co-workers, you head home. Perhaps you take a moment to consider whether you drank too much to safely drive home but determine after a self-assessment that you could.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently issued a timely reminder to drivers who drink. Most understand the dangers of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking, but many will be surprised to note that alcohol may still be in their bloodstream the next day. This means that Massachusetts drivers can be at a higher risk for an accident or even get an OUI after they have supposedly slept it off.
Utah is already famous for its stringent laws regarding alcohol consumption, and soon will have the toughest DUI laws in the country. So some locals were not surprised when a woman was charged with DUI despite the fact that she had a blood alcohol level of .01 from one beer she had at lunch.
There are few if any excuses that will convince law enforcement that there is a good reason for driving under the influence. Instead, the best approach is to be polite but firm in not offering up any incriminating information before speaking with experienced criminal defense attorney.
Law enforcement seems to set up DUI and OUI checkpoints here in Worcester every two to three weeks to catch drivers over the legal limit for drugs or alcohol. However, with the recent dismissal of a case in Tennessee because there was no public notice of the roadblock, it is a good idea to examine the laws here in Massachusetts.
District attorneys across Massachusetts suspended the use of the Draeger 9510 Alcotest in August of last year. The reason for this is that the device could provide false readings because it failed to properly calibrate. The issue is being investigated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. This means that law enforcement does not currently offer any evidence gathered by the 9510 Alcotest in trials or plea negotiations. This is despite the fact that law enforcement is still using the device. The commonwealth is also dismissing evidence provided by the similar but older Draeger Alcotest 7110.
The July Fourth holiday is just around the corner. So it should be no surprise that the driver safety programs are ramping up their awareness campaigns to remind drivers that it is dangerous to drink and drive. While law enforcement is always busy around the holidays, they know that this holiday is the most dangerous of the year for drinking and driving fatalities.
Actor Vince Vaughn was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint early in the morning of June 10 between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in California. According to Manhattan Beach law enforcement and CNN, Vaughn was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence as well as resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. His unidentified male passenger was also arrested for public intoxication and obstructing officers. Despite the charges, there was no physical force used by officers. Vaughn was booked around 4 a.m. on a misdemeanor charge with $5,000 bail. He was later released.