Monthly Archives: November 2006
Passing new DUI laws is a favorite sport in state legislatures, with politican stumbling over themselves trying to prove how tough they are on drunk drivers. And with MADD, law enforcement and prosecutors reminding them of coming elections, who's to direct traffic?
New D.W.I Laws Cause Confusion
Rochester, NY. Nov. 1 – Two new D.W.I. laws went into effect Wednesday that added stiffer penalties for repeat offenders, but News 10NBC has learned that those two laws actually contradict each other…
The new law getting all the media coverage around the state is named after Bill Leaf and Brandi Woods, two victims of drunken drivers. The law increases punishment for repeat D.W.I. offenders. If a drunk driver causes a fatal accident the driver can be charged with vehicular manslaughter in the 1st degree, if previously convicted of D.W.I. within the past ten years.
News 10NBC has learned that a second law also passed by the legislature and named after the state senator who introduced it has a lower threshold. The driver can be charged with 1st-degree manslaughter if he or she has two or more previous D.W.I. convictions within the past five years, or three or more within the last ten years…
However, anti- D.W.I. advocates hope the new laws will help get the message across to people who drink and drive.
"That will have more tools in the arsenal for judges to use to put away offenders for a longer period of time," said Pete Navratil, of Rochester Against Intoxicated Driving.
Can't argue with logic like that….
(Thanks to Lance Mixon of Jackson, MS.)
Following up on my post a few days ago ("Dial-a-Drunk: DUI Vigilantes Are Watching You"):
Signs Put DUI Drivers on Notice
Pittsburgh, Pa. Nov. 1 – State police and PennDOT hope two signs of the time will stick around to save lives. Two illuminated PennDOT message signs put up this week ask drivers to report possibly drunken or drugged motorists…
Drivers calling in reports of possibly impaired drivers is "just like calling Homeland Security about something suspicious," said C. Stephen Erni, of the DUI Association. "We want drivers to be vigilant and this truly means homeland security on the highways," he said.
Homeland security on the highways…
Probably just a coincidence, but….
Bin Laden Costume and Toy Gun Bring Arrest
South Portland, Maine. Nov. 1, AP – The lawyer who divulged President Bush’s drunken-driving arrest days before the 2000 election was arrested at gunpoint yesterday after he was seen on a highway construction site carrying a toy gun while dressed in an Osama bin Laden costume.
Tom Connolly, 49, of Scarborough, was charged with criminal threatening after he stood at the site visible to commuters on Interstate 295 while wearing the Halloween costume and waving a sign…
“There was a First Amendment this morning when I woke up. I don’t know how it evaporated with the dawn,” said Connolly, who drew national attention when he was identified as the Democrat who tipped off the media to Bush’s 1976 drunken-driving arrest in Kennebunkport.
Connolly has been known for wearing costumes to make political statements, typically donning a Bush mask and dancing for passing motorists.
(Thanks to Donald Ramsell.)
The following article pretty much speaks for itself:
Patrol: Ohio Trooper Wasn't Drinking
COLUMBUS, Oct 31. Associated Press – A highway patrolman who crashed into a pickup last month, killing himself and two others, had not been drinking even though an autopsy showed alcohol in his system, officials said Tuesday.
An analysis conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration on trooper Joshua Risner found he did not drink any alcohol at least 16 hours before his death, the State Highway Patrol said in a statement. The finding contradicts an earlier post-crash autopsy that found Risner's blood-alcohol level was 0.08 percent, the level at which a person is considered drunk under Ohio law.
"This test tells us that alcohol got into his system post-mortem, after death," patrol Col. Paul McClellan said…
Try selling that if the guy hadn't been a cop. (Coincidentally, I would guess this "investigation" protects the government from liability for the two deaths caused by the on-duty officer.) (Thanks to B. Coddington.)