A nationwide campaign to stop drunk driving made a stop here in the desert southwest. On Tuesday the Save a Life Tour held a presentation at the Yuma Proving Grounds to show the public a realistic view of DUI consequences.
The first part of the presentation included a graphic video featuring images of deadly DUI accidents. The second part involved a driving simulator. Organizer Brian Beldyga programmed the the high-tech system to mimic alcohol impairment. Read the rest of this entry »
Effective Jan. 1, the DUI laws just got a lot tougher. This column will summarize some of the major changes of that motorists should be aware.
In the past, a driver with two or more Illinois DUI convictions was required to obtain a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. The BAIID is a portable breath testing machine that is installed in the motorist’s automobile. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver is required to blow into the machine. The BAIID instantly analyzes whether there is any alcohol in the driver’s system and will not allow the car to start if the amount exceeds a certain limit, for example, 0.025 blood alcohol concentration. At certain random intervals, while the car is being operated, the BAIID also requires the driver to submit to a retest. If the driver refuses or fails the retest, it is designed so that the car’s horn will start honking, giving notice to any police officers of a potential violation. Read the rest of this entry »
Governor Mark Sanford signed H.3496, a new law to toughen the state’s DUI penalties and remove enforcement loopholes, which the governor called for in his State of the State address as part of his “First 30 Days Agenda.” Read the rest of this entry »
When faced with a Florida DUI arrest and/or conviction, there are a number of issues to consider: Will you have to serve jail time? If so, for how long? Or is probation a possibility? What will you owe in fines? Will your license be suspended, and for how long? Will you have to go to a DUI school or do community service? Here are the basic laws regarding Florida DUI fines and sentencing. Read the rest of this entry »
Millions of car accidents occur each year, injuring people and damaging property. Where a matter is very minor, many people file reports with the police or DMV, tell their insurance company, and pay the losses out of their own pocket. But all too often the matter is not minor, and can cost you significant amounts of money, time, inconvenience, and pain. Read the rest of this entry »
According information given by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, as of January 1, 2007, if you request an out-of-house / public driving record printout, any DUI offense on your record will appear for 10 years from the violation date. If you have driver’s license, you have already implied your consent to this test. Thanks to Arizona’s new drunk driving laws, even first time offenders could land themselves in prison. Second, your auto insurer may cancel your insurance mid-term or terminate the policy at the end of the term because of your DUI conviction, especially if you are currently in a preferred class. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to Arizona’s new drunk driving laws, even first time offenders could land themselves in prison. Effective October 2007, the state’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws are recognized as the harshest in the nation.
Although Governor Janet Napolitano signed the bill into law after it was approved overwhelmingly in the House and Senate. However, it was met with some resistance. Opponents felt it unfairly penalized those who were otherwise responsible citizens. Read the rest of this entry »
Insurance company lawyers represent most personal injury case defendants. These corporate lawyers seek to pay out the least amount possible, so an inexperienced personal injury attorney may be at a disadvantage in these negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
Texas law requires that a request for a hearing to keep your license must be made within 15 days from the date of your DWI arrest. If you fail to hire an attorney, and a hearing is not requested, you waive the opportunity to fight the license suspension. Texas also has a zero tolerance law for minors; meaning it is illegal for anyone under 21 to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »
A DWI attorney can protect your rights, inform you of your legal options, and aggressively represent you in and out of court. With a DWI attorney on your side, you have a better chance of having your charges and sentences reduced or dismissed. These attorneys can, however, work to drop the time that must be served for the jail sentence. This is important to anyone that may need to get back to work post their jail term. Read the rest of this entry »