Rates of Female DUI Increase throughout the Last Decade
- Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:47
A recent study published by The Century Council and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation shows that the number of females arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
has increased 36% over a decade. The report, which will be available in full later this month, states that while men are often seen as the primary offenders in drunk driving cases
, the number of women involved has increased steadily since 1980 and was up 29% from 1997 to 2007.
Researchers examining the phenomenon offer various explanations for this spike in female DUI statistics. One theory is that more women are drinking and then driving
than in past years. Some researchers believe that the spike in women’s arrests is due to changes in the legal system including fewer male arrests and changes to the DUI law enforcement policy that bring more attention to women whose blood alcohol content
levels are more affected by alcohol consumption.
The study indicated,
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4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 2
- Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:49
Rule 2 is: DON’T SUBMIT TO ANY ROADSIDE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS
Once the officer has asked you to step out of your car, he is going to then ask if you would mind doing some “field sobriety tests
.” Sometimes the officer will phrase it this way: “Do you mind taking some roadside evaluations to make sure you are ok to drive?”
My experience is that MOST people agree to take the roadside evaluations because they believe that by
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4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 1
- Monday, 08 August 2011 11:18
If you have my card or one of my koozies, you have heard about My 4 Simple Rules if Stopped by the Police
. The four simple rules come with a disclaimer that tells you to go to my website
for more specific information. The reason, of course, is that nothing is ever simple when it comes to dealing with police traffic stops. Here I’ll explain the reasons behind the rules.
Rule 1: Never admit to drinking (or anything else).
The first thought you should always have when encountering a police stop is, “The police officer is an agent of the government; he has the ability to cause my loss of freedom and loss of drivers license.” When a police officer stops you, they so because they believe you have violated a traffic offense. From the very start, their minds are focused on gathering evidence which they can use against you to convict you of whatever crime they believe you committed. Your focus from the start should be NOT to provide the officer with evidence that you do NOT legally have to provide!
What do you have to provide if stopped by the police?
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5 Thoughts about the Casey Anthony Case
- Friday, 29 July 2011 09:27
I have been spending the past week at the beach, and I have been thinking about the Casey Anthony trial recently. Now that the initial hoopla over the not guilty verdict has somewhat calmed down, I thought I would express some of my opinions on this case.
1. Why so much interest in this case?
Was the death of a 2 year old child tragic? Sure. Was it as nationally newsworthy, and more specifically, should it have drawn the attention it did? Hardly. Did you know that 22,000 children die each day, according to the World Health Organization? Not many from murder or accidental deaths, but mostly from starvation. Why doesn’t our news media spend as much time talking about those deaths as they did about Caylee Anthony?
2. Why are Americans so gullible in believing that what they see and hear from True Crime shows is in fact the truth?
The American news media, and in particular “true crime” shows such as America’s Most Wanted and Nancy Grace, make tons of money sensationalizing local crimes. According to a May 2011 New York Times article on Nancy Grace, “TV Justice Thrives on Fear” Grace her crew play fast and hard with the facts:
Ms. Grace, a former prosecutor in Atlanta who was reprimanded for stepping over a line more than once, obliterates lines every night on “Nancy Grace.” Working with a contingent of experts who have all the independence of a crew of trained seals, Ms. Grace races toward judgment, heedlessly ignoring nuance and evidence on her way to finding guilt.
Nancy Grace, of course, absolutely knew
that Casey Anthony was guilty, and Nancy is always right. Right?
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Staying out of Hot Water: the Consequence of Boating under the Influence
- Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:00
Boating is a favorite pastime for many Georgians. While I’m not a regular lake goer, many of my family’s friends frequently visit Atlanta’s Lake Lanier and middle Georgia’s Lake Oconee (among others) during the warm summer days of June, July and August. It’s easy to get into the “lake state of mind” when on the water: enjoying a few drinks while hanging out with friends, not eating a whole lot because you’re out on the water, etc. All of this can be the recipe for a great weekend or a recipe for disaster if you’re not armed with the knowledge of how to avoid Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is defined as “operating, navigating, steering, or driving any moving vessel while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to operate, steer, etc. such a vehicle.” Just as with a DUI (driving under the influence)
charge, there are legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limits in Georgia
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