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  • Pinellas Deputy drunk at anti-drunk driving event showed up ready to party, skipped training

    11/09/2015 11:36:48 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    WFLA 8 ^ | 11/9/15 | George Mathis
    PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Records just obtained by 8 On Your Side reveal a Pinellas County deputy who was disciplined last month for drunken misbehavior at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving conference in Fort Lauderdale showed up at that July statewide training event prepared to party. “The plot thickens,” said former MADD director and anti-DUI attorney Tom Carey after hearing new details. “It seems to be a lot worse than originally presented.” Michael Szeliga packed a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey, as part of his luggage, in his sheriff’s patrol car before driving to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66...
  • Deputy too drunk to receive Mothers Against Drunk Driving award

    11/09/2015 10:26:31 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    WFTV ^ | 11/09/15 | George Mathis
    But in Florida, a 4-year deputy being honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making more than 100 DUI arrests was too intoxicated to pick up his award. Pinellas County deputy Michael Szeliga arrived at a statewide police training event "ready to party," according to WFLA. Szeliga, who allegedly packed a bottle of liquor for the 2-day training event in Fort Lauderdale, was described as “staggeringly drunk” by a witness at the Friday night banquet where he was slated to receive the MADD award. A 274-page report on the deputy’s behavior indicates he and two other officers went to the...
  • New York Dem Rep Proposes Bill Requiring Automakers To Install Breathalyzers In Cars

    07/23/2015 6:01:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/23/15 | Kerry Picket
    New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice announced recently she will drop legislation mandating American automakers to install ignition interlock technology in all new cars that detects a drivers blood alcohol content (BAC) and block the engine from starting if the drivers BAC is above the legal limit.Advancing the progress weve made combating drunk driving demands bold action, Rice said in a press release.It demands that we take a stand and say we refuse to keep letting drunk drivers take 10,000 lives each year. We refuse to keep seeing families torn apart when we know we can do more to prevent...
  • Alcohol vs. Marijuana (Part 1)

    01/28/2014 4:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels and lessen crime across and at our borders. And it isn't so dangerous as other illegal drugs or alcohol. President Barack Obama even claimed one of those arguments when he recently told New Yorker Editor David Remnick, "As has been well-documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through...
  • Breathalyzer for Pot Hits Los Angeles

    12/31/2013 9:27:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | Mon, Dec 30, 2013 | David Downs
    The car and weed capital of the world has become one of the first major cities to roll out a breathalyzer for pot. Sort of. ABC News is reporting that the LA City Attorney is deploying oral swab tests in the field that can detect the presence of marijuanas main active ingredient, THC. The swabs could lead to convictions for driving under the influence. issue of CULTURE magazine, such swabs are not breathalyzers in the traditional sense. They cant tell officers how much THC you have in your system. But combined with zero tolerance per se laws like those in...
  • Puritanical Government

    06/26/2013 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | June 26,2013 | John Stossel
    People say America is a free country. But what if you want to drink, have a cigarette or make a bet? Government often says "no" to protect us from ourselves. It's as if the government is still run by the Puritans who settled this land four centuries ago. They said pleasure and luxury are sinful. Today's government has a better argument when it seeks to restrict activities that might harm others, but I notice that even then, it often focuses more on things that upset modern-day Puritans. Drinking and driving can be fatal. But government data show that sleeplessness and...
  • MADD Silent on Amnesty Law That Rewards Drunk Drivers

    06/18/2013 3:10:41 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 18, 2013 | Judicial Watch
    As preposterous as it may seem, illegal immigrants with drunk-driving, domestic violence, aggravated assault and child abuse convictions will qualify for amnesty under the immigration bill pending in the U.S. Senate unless an amendment introduced by a Texas lawmaker is adopted. Incredibly, groups that would normally be vocal on these sorts of issues have remained silent. For instance, the nations largest organization working to stop drunk driving and support victims of the violent crimeMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)refuses to criticize the proposed law even though it will essentially reward those convicted of driving dunk. Through a spokeswoman, MADD said it...
  • Controversial Tweeter reveals DUI checkpoint locations

    05/25/2013 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Skooz · 36 replies
    CBS8 San Diego ^ | May 25, 2013 | Richard Allyn
    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - As Memorial Day weekend gets underway, law enforcement is out in full force to crack down on drunk driving. But SDSU grad Sennett Devermont, better known as "MrCheckpoint," is also working overtime, publicizing through social media the locations and times of DUI checkpoints throughout San Diego and the rest of Southern California, including Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. Devermont uses Twitter, Facebook, his own website and text messages to get the word out to his tens of thousands of followers. "When I realized the positive impact it had.... I decided to make the service...
  • Even MADD Doesn't Just Want to Drop the Legal Limit for Drunk Driving

    05/18/2013 6:30:51 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 05/14/2013 | Connor Simpson
    In an effort to cut down on the number of alcohol related accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal limit for driving from a 0.08 to 0.05 blood alcohol content in all states. That doesn't mean post-dinner-out driving standards will be more exacting anytime soon, though indeed, the fight is just now underway, and from some of the most unlikely of people. ~snip~ Of course, the NTSB can't order the state or federal governments to do anything. They can only make recommendations about that one fewer beer. In fact, the recommendation to lower the legal...
  • Cheers for Drinking Reform - It should be a libertarians dream issue.

    03/23/2013 11:07:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 22, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Alcohol occupies a peculiar position in the culture of the United States. Like so much else besides, it is subject to the ongoing brawl between puritanism and libertarianism, two philosophies that have long jockeyed for dominance here. Americans have made many contributions to the bar — including the perfection and popularization of the cocktail. But puritanism has survived, enjoying a rich history of its own. Benjamin Rush’s inquiries into alcoholism spawned a variety of anti-alcohol movements at the outset of the new republic; in the 1850s, “temperance” overlapped uncomfortably with the Know Nothing movement’s distaste for secular principles; and...
  • Court ruling orders interlocks for drug-impaired drivers

    09/21/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 24 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 9/20/12 | Barry Massey
    People convicted of driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs must have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicles as required by New Mexicos drunken driving law, although the devices dont detect the use of drugs, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
  • Missouri court rejects warrantless DWI blood test

    01/17/2012 4:31:51 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 72 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 17, 2012 | None Listed
    The Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out the results of a blood test on an unwilling suspect in a routine drunken-driving stop, ruling the officer should have obtained a judges warrant for the test.
  • Maker of Ignition Interlock Devices: Public Safety Demands Law Requiring Ignition Interlock Devices

    07/11/2011 3:30:55 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 34 replies
    The Agitator ^ | 07/11/2011 | Radley Balko
    Shocking, isnt it? But good on the Washington Times for exposing the money grab behind the public safety campaign to mandate the devices for first-time DUI offenders. A bill that would withhold up to 5 percent of each states highway funding unless that state requires such as device in the cars of all convicted drunken drivers was introduced in the Senate in February by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, and last month in the House by Rep. Eliot L. Engel, New York Democrat. For the past 18 months, lobbyists for ignition interlocks, as they are called, have jockeyed...
  • Senator wants alcohol breath-test machine in your car!

    03/12/2011 6:53:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 126 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 11, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is the lead player in a legislative effort, already endorsed by a handful of other senators, that would spend $60 million to develop a program that would charge consumers for the costs of installing drunk-driving interlock devices in vehicles. The proposal, S.510, was introduced this week in the U.S. Senate by Udall, who was joined by Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Al Franken, D-Minn., Amy Klobuchar D-Minn., West John D. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. The legislation actually doesn't call for the technology to be installed in...
  • Former 'MADD' Chapter President Busted for DUI (DOH!)

    02/25/2011 6:32:29 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 77 replies
    KTLA ^ | Feb 25 2011
    GAINESVILE, Fla. (KTLA) -- The former president of a Gainesville, Fla. chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, is facing DUI charges, according to the Gainesville Sun. 48-year-old Debra Oberlin was pulled over last week after officers reportedly spotted her driving erratically. She blew a .234 and a .239 on a pair of breathalyzer tests, the Sun reports, well over Florida's .08 legal limit. Oberlin apparently told officers she'd had four beers. Oberlin has not commented. She was the president of Gainesville's MADD chapter for three years. The chapter closed in 1996 due to a lack of funds.
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Drink!

    12/28/2010 6:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 28, 2010 | Chuck Norris
    On Feb. 11, 2006, in Iraq, I was honored to meet a model Marine by the name of Cpl. David Stidman. He did two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Commendably, he also left his post to come home and care for his ailing father, Dwayne Stidman, who tragically was hit and critically wounded by a drunken driver last May.Three months later, on Aug. 2, 2010, Cpl. Stidman was killed. Not on the battlefields of the Middle East, but on his home streets of Texas while still caring for his father and family. And not by a drive-by shooter,...
  • New Drunk driving classication,(we are all guilty!)

    10/06/2010 7:44:45 PM PDT · by only the truth · 115 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 10/06/10 | Mike Ward
    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
  • George F. Will: Another round of Prohibition, anyone?

    07/08/2010 2:16:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2010 | George F. Will
    The evening of Jan. 16, 1920, hours before Prohibition descended on America, while the young assistant secretary of the Navy, Franklin Roosevelt, drank champagne in Washington with other members of Harvard's Class of 1904, evangelist Billy Sunday preached to 10,000 celebrants in Norfolk, Va., : "The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be only a memory. . . ." Not exactly. Daniel Okrent's darkly hilarious "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" recounts how Americans abolished a widely exercised private right -- and condemned the nation's fifth-largest industry -- in order to make the nation more...
  • How are these different? Three have alcohol, one doesn't

    04/25/2010 5:27:25 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 27 replies · 1,327+ views
    Virginia-Pilot ^ | April 25, 2010 | Kathy Adams
    The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control began sending underage operatives into stores in the 1990s in an attempt to buy alcohol, usually beer. But in the past year, they began targeting another beverage: alcoholic energy drinks. The rising popularity of the drinks with teens fueled the change, said Robert Simmons Jr., an ABC special agent. They pose a special problem because they look like their non alcoholic counterparts, making them easy to slip past distracted or uninformed cashiers and fool parents and sometimes even police, he said. But with as much caffeine as several cups of coffee and twice...
  • Polk County Deputy Violated Policy in DUI Cases

    12/31/2009 6:46:40 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 5 replies · 473+ views
    Lakeland Florida News Ledger ^ | 12/27/09 | Jason Geary
    DUI Charges Against 54 Dropped Prosecutors say a Polk County sheriff's deputy may have taken shortcuts in handling investigations. By Jason Geary THE LEDGER Prosecutors have abandoned charges against 54 people accused of driving under the influence, citing concerns about a deputy's shortcuts in writing reports and conducting blood alcohol tests. Deputy Tex Thomas has made about 124 arrests for DUI since he began working last year for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. In a deposition, Thomas spoke about preparing reports by cutting-and-pasting words from previous DUI reports as a "template" rather than starting with a blank page. Prosecutors also...
  • Research Help - Did Ted Kennedy ever receive an award from a MADD state or national group?

    08/15/2009 9:49:14 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 4 replies · 417+ views
    Was wondering if anyone had any real information as to whether Ted Kennedy had ever actually been awarded anything from MADD at the state or national level. I have found info that Mark Shriver had, but not Ted. Need to verify if he ever has, any real info would be of great help. Have spent a couple hours researching already at various sources.
  • Beer summit sparks fight between MADD and alcohol lobby

    08/03/2009 12:01:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,059+ views
    Beer summit sparks fight between MADD and alcohol lobby @ 2:37 pm by Eric Zimmermann President Obama's beer summit might have created a media frenzy, but not everyone was excited about the message it sent about drinking. Placing alcohol at the center of a political firestorm has sparked a war of words between Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the pro-alcohol lobby. Nancy Raynor, the President of the Delaware chapter of MADD, told radio station WDEL this weekend that the beer summit may send an inappropriate signal to young people. "It's a well known fact that young people tend to...
  • Former judge pleads guilty to third OWI

    06/10/2009 9:43:55 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 3 replies · 393+ views
    The Quad-City Times ^ | Tuesday, June 9, 2009 9:40 pm | Ann McGlynn
    A former Muscatine County judge has pleaded guilty to his third drunken driving charge. James Weaver, 55, of Blue Grass, Iowa, is set to be sentenced Aug. 6, court documents indicate. Iris Frost, the cases special prosecutor, will ask for incarceration, a letter in Weavers file indicates. Weavers attorney, John Wunder, could not be reached for comment. Weaver was arrested in March. He had a blood-alcohol-content level more than two times the legal limit for driving in Iowa, court documents say. Weaver had two prior drunken-driving convictions from 2002 and 2004. He received a disability retirement as a judge based...
  • This Weekend, Dallas Police to Make Drunk Drivers an Offer They Can't Refuse (Blood To Be Taken)

    05/23/2009 4:59:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 74 replies · 2,147+ views
    Dallas Observer ^ | 5/12/2009 | Kimberly Thorpe
    A word of caution before you head out for the long Memorial Day weekend: It's also No-Refusal Weekend. Which means? Well, if Dallas police pull suspect you're drinking and driving, you'll be stuck with a butterfly needle attached to a vacuum-packed container, and two vials' worth of your blood will taken and tested. And, no, you can't refuse the test; hence the name, as discussed in our cover story on the very subject last month.
  • Putting MADD in Charge of America's Highways - President Obama's troubling nominee to head the...

    04/24/2009 10:19:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,255+ views
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2009 | Radley Balko
    President Obama's troubling nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationEarlier this month, President Barack Obama nominated Mothers Against Drunk Driving CEO Chuck Hurley to head up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Hurley's pending appointment is bad news for social drinkers, motorists, and anyone interested in freedom of movement and less hassle on the roadways. Hurley is an anti-alcohol zealot, and a longtime proponent of just about any highway regulation that's sold under the guise of public safety. He's a supporter of primary seat belt laws, which allow police to pull motorists over solely for seat belt infractions....
  • Obama chooses MADD official to lead safety agency

    04/09/2009 9:18:53 AM PDT · by pissant · 43 replies · 908+ views
    Fox ^ | 4/9/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A top official with Mothers Against Drunk Driving is President Barack Obama's choice to lead the federal agency that oversees safety and fuel efficiency standards for automakers. Chuck Hurley was nominated today to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He's served as MADD's chief executive officer since 2005 and has worked for the National Safety Council and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • Texas May Lift 15-Year Ban on Sobriety Checkpoints

    04/05/2009 10:14:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 667+ views
    KTRH ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2009 | Scott Crowder
    The state senate has approved a measure calling for sobriety checkpoints.Professor David Hanson of the State University of New York in Potsdam says Texas is not alone in banning checkpoints. "A number of individual states have decided sobriety checkpoints violate their own state constitutions." Many believe the checkpoints violate the U.S. Constitution's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, but Houston mom Valerie Lalime, whose 13-year-old daughter Lilly was killed by a drunk driver, says checkpoints work during holiday periods. "The research has shown that there is a decrease in the number of drunk driving accidents." Bill Lewis of MADD says...
  • Driving while immobile

    03/27/2009 6:42:38 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 33 replies · 956+ views
    MNDAILY.COM ^ | 03/25/2009 | EDITORIAL BOARD
    That Daryl Fleck , 55, may not have intended to drive when he was found sleeping drunk in the drivers seat of his vehicle, parked in his home lot at 11:30 p.m. is immaterial, Judge Terri Stoneburner argued in a Minnesota Appeals Court decision that upheld Flecks drunk driving conviction. Under Minnesotas Driving While Impaired statute, 169A.20, it is illegal for any person with a blood-alcohol concentration in excess of .08 to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle. Stoneburner argues in accordance with State v. Starfield : Physical control is meant to cover situations where...
  • Suspects refuse to give blood in DUI crackdown in Palm Beach County

    03/11/2009 6:59:36 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 34 replies · 1,398+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 3/1/09 | Dianna Cahn
    Surrounded by flashing red and blue lights, the man in red leather sandals lifted one foot off the ground and waited as the deputy kept time. Then, finding that the man had failed the sobriety test, the deputy pulled the man's hands behind his back and shackled them. The man stood in a strip mall parking lot where he pulled over after an undercover deputy noticed him swerving in and out of his lane on Military Trail and he struck the median, said Sheriff's Cpl. Scott Yoder, who assisted with the arrest. The undercover deputy charged the driver with cocaine...
  • Secret discipline of $150,000-a-year DUI judge 'could take two years'

    02/20/2009 6:29:17 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 25 replies · 1,239+ views
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | January 25, 2009 | KIM JANSSEN
    She quietly pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was sentenced on the day President Obama was inaugurated. But it may be another two years before Cook County Judge Sheila McGinnis is disciplined by the authorities who oversee Illinois judges - if they discipline her, according to the executive director of the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board. McGinnis on Tuesday dodged a potential one-year jail term when she admitted drunkenly crashing her Chevrolet sport utility vehicle into the back of a family-of-four's minivan May 9 in Tinley Park. With the attention of the Southland and the world focused on Washington, D.C., Judge...
  • Framing the issues of college drinking

    01/12/2009 8:49:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 612+ views
    star ledger ^ | 09.09.08 | Ana Alaya
    Drew University, like many colleges, is working harder to deter underage drinking, but that didn't stop students younger than 21 from drinking heavily at campus parties Labor Day weekend. "The parties are in dorms, on top of buildings, wherever people find an ample place where they're not going to be bothered," said 18-year-old Dean Shtainhorn of Millburn, who admitted to experimenting with alcohol. The Madison campus is not unlike colleges across the country dealing with the problem of underage alcohol consumption and binge drinking. That is why Drew University president Robert Weisbuch said he joined the Amethyst Initiative, a national...
  • The DUI Exception to the Constitution

    12/31/2008 2:53:07 PM PST · by Ron Jeremy · 659 replies · 9,361+ views
    DUI Blog ^ | 2005 | Lawrence Taylor (not the Linebacker)
    The DUI Exception to the Constitution Posted by Lawrence Taylor on May 9th, 2005 In the course of various postings concerning MADD, I have received emails suggesting that they are a civic-minded organization which does not deserve my criticisms. As I have said on many occasions, I believe them to be a well-intentioned group of "true believers" who, like most zealots, have a rigid and narrow focus and are ignorant of the harm they cause to others. And in other posts I have tried to explain the nature of that harm. Many years ago, I was invited to give...
  • AP Exclusive: 45K Ill. drivers have DUI, license

    11/27/2008 2:33:59 PM PST · by decimon · 33 replies · 1,636+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 26, 2008 | MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO Ann Marie Getz had already been twice convicted of driving under the influence when, behind the wheel of her Lincoln Continental and allegedly drunk, she ran a stop sign this month in central Illinois and smashed into another car. A mother and two kids in the Chevy Impala that Getz hit died. And yet the 43-year-old Streator woman was able to present a valid Illinois driver's license to investigators.
  • Old Enough To Fight, Old Enough To Drink

    09/13/2008 10:31:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies · 434+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 14, 2008 | Debra J. Saunders
    At age 18, an American can enlist in the military, vote, sign a contract, get married, have an operation -- hey, in California, a 14-year-old can have an abortion without telling her parents -- but he cannot buy a beer. Not legally, anyway. It makes absolutely no sense, and it is shameful that my generation, which won the right to vote at age 18, continues to infantilize people who are allowed to make life-and-death decisions on every issue, save one. We believe in rights -- except for college-age kids -- even if they are serving in the military. Enter the...
  • Let's chuck the drinking age

    09/09/2008 2:29:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 104 replies · 356+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 08/21/2008 | David Harsanyi
    What happens when presidents from more than 100 of the nation's best-known colleges call on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18? Well, a brigade of hyperbolic mommies start screaming at them, that's what. In the Amethyst Initiative, college presidents have offered a rational, if counterintuitive, plan. Let's stop treating young adults like wards of the state. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (naturally) replied: No debate allowed. There is plenty of empirical evidence suggesting that the drinking age of 21 is counterproductive. To begin with, it bars parents from educating their own children about alcohol and, like...
  • Mandatory In-Car Breathalyzers Coming?

    06/28/2008 7:30:35 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 45 replies · 170+ views
    National Motorists Association ^ | 6/23/08 | Eric Peters
    If youre not a convicted drunk driver, should you still be required to have an in-car breathalyzer fitted (at your expense, natch) to your next new vehicle? Apparently, some automakers including GM and Toyota think so. They and a few others are working together under the auspices of something called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, which is a $10 million federal research program that is trying to develop just such technology for mass introduction a few years from now. At the moment, the only people who have to deal with (and pay for) in-car Breathalyzers are...
  • Heather Squires was arrested for DUI without drinking a drop of alcohol

    06/04/2008 6:12:59 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 110 replies · 1,005+ views
    Phoenix New Times ^ | May 29, 2008 | Sarah Fenske
    Heather Squires was the designated driver. Never exactly a fun thing, but a college buddy of her husband's was driving up from Tucson to celebrate his acceptance into law school. So when her husband, Jason, asked, Heather said yes. It's not safe to be the designated driver these days, either. At Chuy's in Tempe, Heather's brother and her husband and the soon-to-be-law-school student knocked off four pitchers of beer. Everybody was having a great time. Around 9:30 p.m., they decided to head home. So they piled into Jason Squires' new pickup truck. As planned, Heather drove. They didn't get very...
  • Brush with death (MADD/School Hoax)

    06/02/2008 6:43:43 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 61 replies · 414+ views
    signonsandiego ^ | 05/30/08 | Pat Sherman
    El Camino teens face heavy emotions brought about by drunken-driving dramatization OCEANSIDE It was an elaborate hoax, but 36 students at El Camino High pulled it off with potentially life-saving consequences. The result was a soberingly realistic dramatization about the dangers of drinking and driving, delivered with surprising professionalism. Many juniors and seniors were driven to tears a few to near hysterics May 26 when a uniformed police officer arrived in several classrooms to notify them that a fellow student had been killed in a drunken-driving accident. The officer read a brief eulogy, placed a rose on...
  • Blood draw required if breath test refused

    05/25/2008 6:54:39 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 61 replies · 160+ views ^ | 5/21/08 | nonamementionedtheyareshamed
    Anyone who refuses to submit to a blood-alcohol breath test this weekend will be required to have his or her blood drawn, authorities said Tuesday in reminding residents of a new program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday. District Attorney Susan Reed said the No Refusal Accepted' program is scheduled to continue through 7 a.m. Tuesday. A registered nurse will be on duty both at the San Antonio magistrate's office and the detention center to draw blood from anyone arrested on suspicion of drunken driving who refused at the scene to take a breath test. Prosecutors will assist with...
  • Tube inserted into man who refused to give urine sample

    03/07/2008 7:04:04 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 79 replies · 1,861+ views (Seattle Press Intelligencer) ^ | 3/4/08 | Associated Press Staff
    KELSO, Wash. -- When a man who was suspected of drunken driving in Longview refused to give blood and urine samples he was taken to a hospital. His lawyer says he was held down kicking and screaming for a blood draw. And a tube was inserted into his bladder to withdraw the urine. He sued Cowlitz County. A settlement was reached Friday in which he was paid $15,000, without authorities admitting they did anything wrong. The 37-year-old man, Matthew Clifford Arthur, was on probation at the time of the arrest in November and was required to undergo screening for drugs...
  • DUI bill dies, no doubt from embarrassment

    02/18/2008 6:15:04 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 67 replies · 162+ views
    Yakima Herald,com ^ | 2/15/08 | Yakima Herald Editorial Board (at link)
    Finally, common sense prevails in dealing with the state's laws on driving under the influence of liquor and drugs. A bill steeped in election-year, get-tough-on-crime grandstanding has quietly gone to the burial ground for bad bills in the state Legislature. It failed to make it out of the Senate Transportation Committee before Tuesday's deadline. Senate Bill 6402 would have required people convicted of a DUI infraction to put fluorescent-yellow license plates on their cars for one year after having their driving privileges restored. Who knows why overreaching bills even get a hearing in Olympia, as this one did last week...
  • Moon faces second DUI charge in less than a year

    01/26/2008 8:27:03 AM PST · by Perdogg · 31 replies · 224+ views
    ESPN ^ | Updated: January 26, 2008, 10:02 AM ET
    Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been charged with driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop in late December. According to police, Moon was driving an SUV with expired plates when he was pulled over early on Dec. 28 in Medina, Wa. A police officer smelled "intoxicants" in the vehicle, and Moon refused a field sobriety test and a breath test. He was arrested for investigation of DUI and driving with a suspended license and released later the same day by the Kirkland Police Department.
  • Laws against reason

    12/31/2007 6:43:08 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 28 replies · 75+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 26, 2007 | Jennifer Rosen
    In Fairbanks, Alaska, it's illegal to serve liquor to a moose. By contrast, in Ohio it's legal to serve booze to a fish, but not if you get it drunk. Ever since the repeal of Prohibition, alcohol laws in this country have been a bit nutty. Take the business of bars. Some states mandate sitting, while others require standing at the bar to drink. Texans may take up to but not more than three sips of beer while standing. Some jurisdictions require the interior of public drinking establishments to be visible from the street; others specifically prohibit that. In Iowa...
  • Texas: Forced DUI Blood Draws Expand

    12/28/2007 7:07:11 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 443 replies · 1,628+ views
    Texas Police News ^ | 12/26/07 | Texas Police News
    More Texas jurisdictions are turning to forced blood draws to convict those suspected of DUI. Jurisdictions within Texas are expanding programs where police use force to draw blood from motorists accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Last week, El Paso announced it had joined Harris and Wilson Counties in a "no refusal" program specifically designed to streamline the blood drawing process. It works as follows. An accused motorist is arrested and taken downtown. While being videotaped, he will be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test with officers specifically avoiding any mention that blood will be taken...
  • Drunk driver had medical license revoked[Eight-time DWI offender was released after serving 36 days]

    12/20/2007 5:50:25 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 163+ views
    The Brownsville HeraldValley Morning Star ^ | December 19, 2007 | ALLEN ESSEX
    Court testimony earlier this month that a repeat drunken driver was a skilled X-ray technician and should be spared a seven-year prison sentence did not disclose that the man has not been licensed in his field for almost two years. Hector De la Torres state license as a medical radiologic technologist expired Dec. 31, 2005, Stephanie Tijerina of the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday. On Dec. 6, after hearing testimony from Dr. Juan Rocha and others in the medical field, state District Court Judge Benjamin Euresti placed De la Torre on probation so he could return to...
  • Stop drunk driving with a red ribbon?

    12/18/2007 8:06:32 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 117 replies · 113+ views
    Clarksville Online ^ | 12/18/2007 | Blayne Clements
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded in 1980 with the mission to stop drunk driving and support the victims of this violent crime. Thats a big, if not impossible goal, to stop drunk driving. One way MADD is trying to stop drunk driving this holiday season is through their Tie One on for Safety campaign. According the the Leaf Chronicle (12.10.07), the Tennessee office of MADD is distributing over 10,000 red ribbons state-wide to raise drunk driving awareness. According to the article, the red ribbon campaign has three stated goals 1. high visibility of officers, meaning many officers...
  • How to Lose Your License Without Really Trying

    12/03/2007 12:46:40 PM PST · by secretagent · 287 replies · 231+ views
    reason ^ | December 3, 2007 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Careful about doling out glasses of spiked eggnog to the college-aged kids in your family this Christmas. A glassful could cost you your license, even if no one gets near a car. North Carolina is taking bans on booze to a new level as part of a passel of legislation that also bans alcohol inhalers and changes requirements for ankle bracelets for boozers: "As of Saturday, people can lose their driver's licenses for providing alcohol to anyone under 21. The penalty is important because many underage drinkers get alcohol from friends or family members, said Craig Lloyd, the executive director...
  • CBS 46 Investigates: Cops Over The Limit

    11/27/2007 7:02:45 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 21 replies · 927+ views
    WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA ^ | 11/21/07 | WGCL - Atlanta Staff
    Investigative reporter Wendy Saltzman discovered more than 100 law enforcement officers have been arrested in Georgia for driving under the influence. Her investigation found some of them asked for favors, some wrecked department cars, and some were given special treatment. "I think that is outrageous frankly," said police psychologist Dr. Anthony Stone. "I can't imagine their being fit for duty, because almost by definition they have a drinking problem," Stone said. Habersham County Sheriffs Captain Freddie Chapman has been arrested 4 times on alcohol related charges spanning back to an underage alcohol violation in 1988. His offenses also include three...
  • Feds still pursue $3.3 million

    11/22/2007 4:17:13 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 10 replies · 137+ views
    Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune ^ | 11/11/07 | JARED MILLER
    CHEYENNE -- A state trooper lost his job last week for flagrant and inappropriate methods he used during an April 7 bust that netted $3.3 million. But that hasn't slowed efforts by the U.S. attorney's office to seek forfeiture of the cash in civil court. Wyoming U.S. attorney spokesman John Powell said it's unclear whether Peech's actions will be a factor in the case, or how they might influence a judge's decision. We're not going to stop pursuing the forfeiture action at this time, Powell said. The decision to press forward with the forfeiture has heightened questions about the dismissal...
  • MADD warns off foe of illegal aliens

    10/27/2007 12:46:14 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 72 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2007 | Valerie Richardson
    Michelle Dallacroce was hopping mad when she received a letter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving demanding she change the name of her organization, Mothers Against Illegal Aliens. "I couldn't believe it," Mrs. Dallacroce said. "I don't know who would be confused by this. We don't even have the same acronym." Mrs. Dallacroce, president of the Phoenix-based advocacy group, received a certified letter Oct. 10 stating that MADD owns the rights to the name "Mothers Against" and giving her 10 days to stop using it. "While we do not oppose the name of your organization as a whole, we cannot permit...