Skip to comments.New Drunk driving classication,(we are all guilty!)
Posted on 10/06/2010 7:44:45 PM PDT by only the truth
A campaign to create a new category of driving while intoxicated is being promoted at the Capitol as one way to curb growing problems in Texas' system of punishing drunken drivers.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, among the supporters of the change, said the idea behind a new offense of "driving while ability impaired" DWAI would cover drivers whose blood-alcohol content is between 0.05 and 0.07
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I think it’s already been proven cellphones are more dangerous than alcohol.
Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be
much easier to deal with. (’Atlas Shrugged’ 1957)
I don’t agree. Cell phones do not cause accidents. Stupid people who think they can text and drive at the same time cause accidents.
Prohibition in a new guise.
Not many cops are out at night, you can’t get the killer drivers with the .20 & .30 if all of the patrolmen are at the station drinking coffee, staying out of the cold and booking .05 sober people.
Will this include testing all government employees during any car stop for any reason! If so, sounds like a good idea.
Seems they are not satisfied with the original premise of decreasing supposed drunk driving, and now are willing to lower the BAC just to keep up their statistics, revenue stream and persecution of citizenry.
I think we ought to have a few driving codes for police.
Driving While Fat Bastard
Driving While Shooting In the Car
Driving While Stuffing Face with Food and Drink
Driving While Using Sirens and Lights for Non-Emergencies just to get through an intersection cause I don’t want to wait
Any cops that drive around in a vehicle that has headlights/taillights out fine the officer double. He should take his own advice he gives to citizens to check the vehicle out before driving it.
the arrogance and big brotherish mentality of these guys has to end. How many cops would be corraled by this after hours coming home from a bar? Oh, that’s Ted, he’s a cop, don’t give him a ticket.
Cops want more business. It is a union thing.
Brilliantly stated. Just look at the IRS laws. Everyone can be found out to be a criminal.
Are you suggesting there is a double standard? /s
Having recently been T-Boned by a woman who was texting while driving, I would certainly agree.
Well of course it’s the people. But it’s the thing they are attempting to use while driving that screws things up. If they weren’t able to use it they wouldn’t be distracted.
I say let people use them but if they get into accidents they greatly mulptiply and fines and penalties. Like at least ten-fold. More if someone dies because of them.
Now they are trying to destroy the restaurant and bar industries.
I am saying there is a ‘brotherhood’ of police officers. AS one who had cops in my family.
Look at the trend in laws in general.
They have the entire country sectioned off.
You cant make a move without potentially stepping in trouble.
I guess you’ve never been stopped at a road block before?
Reckless Endangerment is my cover all law of choice.
Mothers Against Drunk Driver.
Drunks Against Mad Mothers
Some people warned that this was the real premise all along and were laughed off as conspiracy nuts.
I’d like to know what the normal blood alcohol level is. I doubt that it gets to absolute zero. It is possible that we are getting into a range that will be triggered by a number of other chemicals, already in the blood stream.
We have enough damn laws on the books.
This stuff is designed to just ensnare people for BS.
Wow, what was that like? If it does not bring back too bad of memories, can you describe it for us? Do you remember much of the impact and afterwards? What kind of car were you driving and how did it hold up?
Hope I am not being nosey but I always wondered. Thanks.
Maybe he should move back to Cuba.
So everyone can be on gov’t food programs to have “healthy” diets. In reality, stand in line at the party approved store to get (hopefully) your bread ration.
I can understand where you’re coming from. However, one little potential wrinkle - what if a person who gets into an accident that some LEO misidentifies the cause as being from distracted driving due to a phone (the phone is found on the seat next to the driver and it is assumed that was the cause)? LEA’s are driven by revenue generating situations, right? How does the person who is wrongfully accused of this defend themselves? There must be some parameters for when someone can be charged with distracted driving due to a cell phone or other item. That’s my 2 cents anyway.
DWWA...driving while wearing aftershave.
If true, this country is becoming fascist. And the cops were a bit draconian already.
If true, this country is becoming fascist. And the cops were a bit draconian already.
I don’t know if it’s universally true, but my cheap li’l cell phone logs the time and date of incoming/outgoing calls and texts. Defense Exhibit A, your honor...
They took Hai Karate off the market for a reason LoL
Not mentioned is MADD, which is HQ’d in DFW. They have become another liberal political organization that has grown beyond their original purpose and want to regulate our lives, via back door prohibition. I would not be surprised if they are involved behind the scenes.
Acevedo agreed. He noted that one person may drive dangerously at the 0.08 level the nationally accepted standard for being drunk while others "may be at 0.05 or 0.06. It depends on the person."
"People sometimes focus on how many drinks they can have before they'll go to jail," Acevedo said. "It varies. A person may be intoxicated at 0.05, and you don't want them out driving."
No I haven’t, what is the relevance to most DWI’s and what I said?
You can drink Coca Cola and get a reading.
It was a relatively low-speed collision.
I was driving a ‘92 Dodge Dakota mid-size pick-up and had stopped at a four-way. The other car was approaching, but appeared to be slowing down for the sign, so I went through.
As I got to the middle of the intersection, I looked left, and saw her looking at her phone and texting with one hand. She completely missed the stop and hit my truck square in the middle of the bed, flattening the left side tire, bending the rim and screwing up the rear end.
Surprisingly, the sheet metal damage was minimal.
I’m OK now, but I did miss a day of work. I had the shakes really bad for a while. I probably hurt my lower back, but it’s so screwed up anyway, that it’s hard to tell how much is from the accident.
I’ve had worse, but in a smaller vehicle I probably would have had far greater injuries.
They really are. You can’t even go out for dinner and a glass of wine anymore.
My point exactly....thus one that covers all acts of ignorance.
And remember....ignorance of the law is “still” no excuse !
This new impaired law is revenue based (duh) an driven by the money mongers in Austin.
But this means yer prescription or OTC meds can get ya busted as well.
Yer right...all BS !
I don’t think it’s right to get a DUI after a single beer or something, but, just anecdotally I recently heard about a female friend who used to enjoy a Grey Goose on the rocks. She has dropped a lot of weight, and apparently got totally hammered by one when she tried it lately. Luckily she was not the driver at the time, since it was completely unexpected.
Just read that tonight on Ann Coulter's column sourced to Joe Sobran.
Rather than advocating for even more onerous oppresive laws that criminalize even more aspects of American lives I say start reducing some of the hundreds and maybe even thousands of nuisance criminal laws and get out of our every day lives. Forget the nanny state, we are fast turning into a totalitarian state.
” How does the person who is wrongfully accused of this [phone use while driving] defend themselves? “
“Having recently been T-Boned by a woman who was texting while driving, I would certainly agree.”
Having had my father murdered by a repeat drunk-driver who was later sentenced to all of 3 years, I would be happy leaving the limit at .08 if they would increase the penalty to life without parole for vehicular manslaughter, with the death penalty for those convicted of VH who are repeat DUI.
...did the acident report show that she was texting?...I would think that would be hard to prove unless she admitted it to the cop...just wondering...texting drivers are just another form of DWI in my book.
I heard an idiot from MADD the other day in Dallas that is trying to get legislation passed to have all cars have a breathalyzer interlock on all cars.
It wont let you in unless you ‘blow before you go’
Brilliant. Add to the cost of everyone’s car with an expensive device that could be overridden with something a basic as a pocket bellows.
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