Oct 1, 2015 | Blog
A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that drivers are nearly as likely to be impaired on drugs as drunk on alcohol. The report also seeks out to take steps to better monitor and control drugged driving. In other words, the report sets to seek out better ways to find drivers who are DUI drugged driving and have them prosecuted. (more…)
Sep 10, 2015 | Blog
The recent legalization of marijuana is effecting potential changes to driving laws in the State of Washington. Particularly, the DUI laws of Washington are getting a rethink. As more states make medical and recreational marijuana use legal, they are determining what constitutes DUI while affected by marijuana. This is important because after alcohol, marijuana use is the second leading substance that impairs drivers. (more…)
Aug 19, 2015 | Blog
A mother of four was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) in Texas. The twist in the story is that the arrest lead to the mother discovering she had a brain tumor.
On July 31, 2015, the mother dropped off her children at daycare. She drove off and eventually hit a curb and collided with a fire hydrant. The police arrived on the scene. Presumably, they conducted some type of Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) to determine if the mother should be arrested for DUI. This assumes the mother was well enough to conduct the tests despite the crash. (more…)
Jul 21, 2015 | Blog
Attempting to make marijuana laws resemble alcohol DUI laws, a new Washington State law will ban open containers of marijuana in vehicles starting on September 26, 2015 That means loose joints, open bags of bud or partially consumed packages of marijuana-infused edibles will need to be kept in a vehicle’s trunk or behind its rearmost row of seats to avoid violating the new law. The law also prohibits the smoking or ingesting of marijuana while in a vehicle on any public roadway. House Bill 1276 makes several changes to the state’s impaired driving statutes. It restores the state Department of Licensing’s ability to automatically suspend a person’s driver’s license if a blood test shows he or she is legally impaired by marijuana. (more…)
Jul 14, 2015 | Blog
President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders, saying in a video posted online Monday that the men and women were not “hardened criminals” and their punishments didn’t match the crimes they committed. Obama said the move was part of his larger attempt to reform the criminal justice system, including reviewing sentencing laws and reducing punishments for non-violent crimes.
More than 2.2 million adults are imprisoned in the United States, the most in the world, and the incarceration rate is between five and 10 times higher than in Western European countries, according to the National Research Council. More than 100,000 people are currently in federal prison for drug-related crimes, at a cost of about $30,000 per person each year, the United States Sentencing Commission said in a May report. (more…)