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Breathalyzer app helps to prevent DUI charge in Colorado

A few drinks can be an enjoyable way to end a hard week or to celebrate a major event. However, a serious problem occurs in Colorado when people opt to drive after drinking one too many drinks. Technologies are available to help a person who has consumed too much alcohol to avoid getting behind the wheel, which may lead to a DUI charge if the person's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit.

Take care to avoid drunk driving arrests this New Year's

A remake of the popular film “RoboCop” is set to open in theaters sometime in 2014. However, moviegoers and travelers all over the U.S. will likely catch a glimpse of the new RoboCop this holiday season for reasons that have little to do with the film reboot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is using the image of the rebooted RoboCop character to warn motorists against drunk driving during the holiday season.

Avoid being arrested on DUI charges this holiday weekend

Our readers may or may not be aware that tonight, Thanksgiving Eve, is one of the busiest nights of the year for bar-hopping. Many individuals visiting with friends and family from wherever they have gone for the holiday tend to go out drinking in order to celebrate. Unfortunately, many of these bar and restaurant patrons will be pulled over for drunk driving tonight and throughout the busy holiday weekend.

Study considers breath test for marijuana-related DUIs

Although Colorado lawmakers have legalized the use of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes under certain circumstances, adults may not use marijuana and then drive legally if a certain amount of the drug remains in their systems. The rationale behind this legal caveat is that marijuana can affect drivers’ ability to operate their vehicles safely if they have so much of the drug in their system that it risks impairing them.

Study questions wisdom of lowering DUI blood alcohol limits

Several months ago, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that states lower the blood alcohol limit (BAC) at which motorists can legally operate their vehicles. The NTSB hopes that by lowering the legal BAC fewer motorists will engage in driving under the influence (DUI). However, significant opposition to this proposal has begun to emerge. Some of this opposition has surfaced in interesting places.

What are your rights during any traffic stop?

Most adult drivers have experienced a common panic at one time or another. You therefore are likely familiar with the feeling of your stomach dropping after seeing police car lights twirling around immediately behind your vehicle. Even if you have been doing nothing wrong, being pulled over for a traffic stop can be uniquely intimidating. When you are talking to the police, you likely believe that you must do everything that they request of you. However, your civil rights protect you from many requests made by law enforcement during traffic stops.

Dealing with drunk designated drivers

We have previously written about how easy it can be to unintentionally drive “drunk.” Because even if you feel completely sober as a result of your personal tolerance, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) has not metabolized below the legal limit of .08 when you sit behind the wheel, you could be cited for driving under the influence (DUI). As a result, you should always assign designated driver duty to a non-drinker for the evening or call a cab if you are in doubt of where your BAC level is.

What consequences accompany DUI convictions?

It is easier than one might initially think to end up on the wrong end of a suspected driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Even truly responsible and conscious adults can blow a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) rating or just above if they have simply had some drinks with dinner and not waited just long enough for the booze to metabolize. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, even if you have no prior record, it is advisable that you seek legal counsel immediately as a conviction could result in serious consequences.

Federal board may lower drunk driving threshold

Reducing the rates of injurious and fatal drunk driving accidents that occur annually in the United States is a worthy goal. However, federal regulators and state legislators may be soon be approaching this goal in ways that ultimately harms more than helps America’s driving population. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended that states lower their legal blood alcohol limits for offenses related to driving under the influence (DUI).

Supreme Court rules on important DUI issue

Drunkenness is a relative state. Some individuals become intoxicated more quickly than others, while some sober up more promptly. As alcohol metabolizes in the bloodstream after one has stopped drinking, the individual's blood alcohol content (BAC) becomes less concentrated over time. This phenomenon often frustrates law enforcement, who seek to confirm a suspected drunk driver's illegal BAC before it metabolizes to a level below the legal limit of .08.

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