A Case of Drunk Driving

I hate to see drunk driving convictions overturned for procedural errors, because I suspect that eventually, those fatality stats will reverse course and begin to climb again.

About 1.5 million people are arrested annually for drunk driving offenses. Potentially the problem is much larger: one survey found that 4.2 million people admitted to having driven while intoxicated at least once during the preceding month.

At one time, the numbers were significantly worse. Those enforcement, education, and  treatment efforts that began in the '80s have actually helped reduce the death toll from drunk driving accidents by 50%. That's a remarkable outcome.

There are still a few dark clouds on the horizon, in the form of issues around the breath alcohol tests that are a foundation of so many DWI/DUI cases. Questions about their accuracy.

Frankly, many attorneys are openly advising clients that if stopped, they should refuse the breath test.

An example from real life: Last summer, a vehicle rear-ended another at a traffic light. The offender may actually have intended to run the red light, had this other vehicle not been in the way. There were injuries...

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A Case of Drunk Driving

I hate to see drunk driving convictions overturned for procedural errors, because I suspect that eventually, those fatality stats will reverse course and begin to climb again.

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A Case of Drunk Driving

I hate to see drunk driving convictions overturned for procedural errors, because I suspect that eventually, those fatality stats will reverse course and begin to climb again.

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