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 [Read the full post. . .]
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 [Read the full post. . .]
Ohio appears ready to pass a requirement that judges consider a persons’ military service when deciding a sentence in a criminal case. Sub. S.B. 330, proposed by Senator Joe Schiavoni would apply to both misdemeanor and felony charges. “They have been through things that most of us haven’t,” Schiavoni said. “It’s so, so important we consider that before they get thrown into jail and their problems aren’t handled properly.” Schiavoni says the bill has bipartisan support from both legislators [Read the full post. . .]
As 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 [Read the full post. . .]
Some Ohio courts have upheld determinations that the mere presence of a moderate to strong odor of alcohol, coupled with a proper initial stop, is sufficient to justify the administration of field sobriety tests. See, e.g., State v. Tackett, 2d Dist. No. 2011-CA-15, 2011-Ohio-6711 (“[t]his court has, however, repeatedly held that a strong odor of alcohol alone is sufficient to provide an officer with reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior”). See also State v. Schott, 2d Dist. [Read the full post. . .]