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Drunk Driving Deaths At Record Low (by DaytonDUI)

Good news for a change

Drunken-driving deaths fell to a record low last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fatalities in crashes involving drunken drivers declined 2.5 percent to 9,878 from the previous year and are down 53 percent since first measured in 1982.

“This new data is encouraging, especially as we approach the holiday season when it is so important that we promote responsible drinking,” Beer Institute President Joe McClain said in a prepared statement. “We recognize that even with these record lows, more work remains to be done. Brewers and beer importers are committed to continuing our work with lawmakers, law enforcement, community groups and others to promote legal, responsible drinking as a means to reduce drunk driving.”

Overall, highway deaths fell to 32,367 last year — the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year, the NHTSA said.  Americans drove fewer miles in 2011 than in 2010, but the nearly 2 percent drop in roadway fatalities outpaced the 1.2 percent decrease in vehicle miles traveled. Last year also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled the previous year, the NHTSA said.

“The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public education, can really make a difference on our roadways,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a prepared statement. “As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction.”

For more details on the NHTSA data, click here. For information on the Beer Institute’s initiatives, click here.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber Heights,Beavercreek, and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

 

 

FBI Investigates False DUI Arrests

Utah Highway Patrol

This page has long maintained that the current “Standardized Field Sobriety Test” procedure is fraught with uncertainty and open to subjective interpretation.  A federal investigation has been launched against Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Lisa Steed for civil rights violations. Steed has been accused of arresting people for DUI who were sober. Two judges have found Steed lied on the witness stand and a 2010 memo suggesting she was falsifying arrest reports has emerged.  While the vast majority of law enforcement officers are hard-working and dedicated to protecting the public from drunk drivers, this officer may have used her discretion to abuse innocent citizens.  Read the full story from the Salt Lake Tribune HERE.

The story is linked to other problems in the administration of justice by the Utah Highway Patrol.  In a final horrific irony and despite her termination, Steed is scheduled to testify in a DUI case Monday in Salt Lake City justice court, according to defense attorney Jesse Nix, who sent an email notifying reporters of the case on Sunday.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber Heights,Beavercreek, and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Arrested for DUI in Kettering? (by DaytonDUI)

Official seal of Kettering, Ohio

If you have been arrested for OVI in Centerville, KetteringMoraine orWashington Township, your misdemeanor OVIcase will be heard in the Kettering Municipal Court.  If you need to find information about a case in the Kettering Municipal Court you can search HERE for case information/case look-up,  or visit the court’s web site HERE.

Charles M. Rowland II has represented the accused drunk driver in the Kettering Municipal Court since 1995.  Charles Rowland dedicates his practice to OVI law and has some of the most impressive credentials for OVI attorneys in the state of Ohio.  If you find yourself in need of criminal representation in the Kettering Municipal Court, contact Kettering DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II today!

You can reach Charles Rowland at 937-318-1DUI (318-1384), 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263), or 24/7 on the after-hours DUI Hotline at 937-776-2671, by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500 or by visiting www.DaytonDUI.comwww.KetteringDUI.com or www.CentervilleDUI.com.  We have augmented our immediate texting service which can be accessed by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500 and we will keep you informed of the many planned OVI/sobriety checkpoints in the area on our BLAWG.  Get 24/7 Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404, or follow us on Twitter @DaytonDUI.  Email us at CharlesRowland@CharlesRowland.com and follow us on facebook atwww.facebook.com/DaytonDUI.  Immediate help is available by filling out the CONTACT form on any of these pages.  PUT THIS NUMBER IN YOUR PHONE: (937)776-2671.

MADD’s Legislative Agenda Moving Forward

CarryNationAs we have long warned in this blog, MADD and its allies in government are working hard to implement harsh measures that will test every person who gets into a car without their consent for alcohol impairment.  Yesterday,  the National Transportation Safety Board has officially urged every state to “require all convicted drunken drivers, including first-time offenders, to use devices that prevent them from starting a car’s engine if their breath tests positive for small (non-impairing) levels of alcohol.”  This would require a legislative change in Ohio OVI law which now requires such devices only for multiple offenders.

The board also urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to speed up its research effort with automakers to develop systems that can determine a driver’s blood alcohol concentration using infrared light when the driver presses an ignition button. [DADDS system] The vehicle won’t start if the alcohol concentration is too high.  The technology, which is sometimes breath-based rather than touch-activated, is already in use in some workplace drug-testing programs.  If the technology were incorporated into all new vehicles, eventually all drivers would be alcohol-tested before driving.  That could potentially prevent an estimated 7,000 drunken-driving deaths a year, the board said.

The American Beverage Institute, which represents about 8,000 chain restaurants in the U.S., said mandatory ignition interlock devices should be reserved for “hardcore” drunken drivers and it opposes the new technology that government and industry are researching.  First-time drunk drivers with blood alcohol levels that are less than double the legal limit should be treated differently than drivers with higher alcohol levels and repeat offenders, Sarah Longwell, the institute’s managing director, said.  You can access the original article HERE or visit the Law & Sentencing Blog for an exhaustive list of articles dealing with this topic.  This is setting up to be quite a fight and, if the prohibitionists are defeated, could result in a turning of the tide against un-American, un-Constitutional and ineffective MADD tactics.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber Heights,Beavercreek, and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

OVI Case Update: State v. Bayer, 2012-Ohio-5469

The question raised in State v. Bayer involved whether or not a person can be sentenced for OVI (O.R.C. 4511.19) if that person is also convicted of Aggravated Vehicular Assault (O.R.C. 2903.08) arising from the same incident.  Crimes that involve similar activity are often merged for purposes of sentencing.  The merger turns on whether or not the crimes are similar enough to be deemed “allied offenses of similar import.”

In this case, the Defendant caused “serious physical harm” to a person while driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration above 0.17%.  In March 2011 she pled guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Assault and to one count of Operating a Vehicle Impaired (drunk driving).  After a sentencing hearing, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas sentenced Bayer to four years in prison for the aggravated vehicular assault conviction and six months for the OVI, with the sentences to run concurrently. Bayer appealed to the 10th District Court of Appeals, arguing that she cannot be sentenced for both offenses and that her sentences should merge as allied offenses of similar import.

Writing for the majority, Judge Julia Dorrian [pictured] looked to the legislative intent of Ohio Revised Code section 2929.41, which vests trial courts with the discretion to run sentences for aggravated vehicular assault and OVI concurrently or consecutively.  “The General Assembly thereby clearly reflected its intent that a trial court may, in its discretion, sentence a defendant for both OVI and Aggravated Vehicular Assault,” Dorrian stated.  “Accordingly, the trial court had the discretion, pursuant to O.R.C. 2929.419(B)(3), to enter convictions of both OVI and AVA and to sentence appellant to serve consecutive sentences for those two crimes.”

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in DaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburg, Huber Heights,Beavercreek, and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.comor write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.