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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Designed to Fail? MR GA DUI Advises Against Submitting to Field Sobriety Tests
- Wednesday, 30 November 2011 16:14
If you own a MR GA DUI koozie or read his blog
, you’ve probably heard that he suggests not submitting to field sobriety tests
when stopped by the police for driving under the influence
. While experienced DUI attorney Mickey Roberts has been advising clients and Georgia drivers not to submit to field sobriety tests for years, an investigative reporter for Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News, Richard Belcher, further solidified Robert’s advice in a recent news story.
Belcher spoke with police officers, as well as Dr. Spurgeon Cole, a retired psychology professor from Clemson University, who has been studying field sobriety tests
since the 1980s shortly after the tests were first instituted. Cole told the Channel 2 reporter that when these tests were designed, police incorrectly identified 47% of the drivers as intoxicated during trials. However,
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Drivers Who Use Marijuana Reportedly Twice as Likely to have Accidents
- Friday, 28 October 2011 12:18
When most people think of DUI
, they think about driving under the influence of alcohol. However, driving under the influence of illegal drugs
is also driving under the influence. Marijuana is the most commonly detected drug in drivers, but whether or not marijuana causes an increased number of accidents remains a question. A recent study from Columbia University found that drivers who use marijuana are more than twice as likely to be involved in car accidents as those who do not.
Using a meta-analysis of nine epidemiologic studies, the researchers found that the risk of an accident increases in people with a concentration of marijuana-produced compounds found by chemical test
. Furthermore, the risk of a crash also increases with self-reported marijuana-users. In fact, eight out of nine of the studies determined that the risk of an accident significantly increases among drivers who use marijuana.
This research is likely to cause debates about driver’s rights
and medical marijuana in states that allow it. In Georgia, however,
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About Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
- Monday, 29 August 2011 15:14
The best way to avoid DUI
is to understand the effects that alcohol has on your body and how much you can drink before becoming legally impaired.
Blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC)
is the measure of the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream. The legal limit for BAC in Georgia is .08 for adults and .02 for individuals under 21. There are many factors that affect an individual’s BAC including the following:
- The strength of the alcohol one is consuming. According to the CDC, a standard drink equals the amount of alcohol found in one of the following: 12 oz of beer, 8 oz of malt liquor, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz (or a shot) of distilled spirits or liquor.
- The number of drinks you consume and the amount of time during which you consume them. If you have three drinks within one hour, your blood alcohol level will increase more than if you consume two drinks over the period of three hours.
- Whether or not you’ve eaten. Drinking on an empty stomach means your body will absorb the alcohol more quickly than if you’d had a large meal before a drink.
- If you’re a woman. Women’s bodies generally have more fat and less water than the male body and because fat cells do not absorb alcohol as well as other cells, more alcohol is left in the body when women drink.
- How much you weigh. The more you weigh, the more water is present in your body to help dilute the alcohol in your system.
- How old you are. Older people’s bodies do not process alcohol as easily as younger adults do.
Once you drink alcohol, it is absorbed
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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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