New Hampshire DUI Drivers Get “Do-overs”

New Hampshire DUI Drivers Get “Do-overs”

The Fox News affiliate in Boston reports that the New Hampshire Attorney General is reviewing “hundreds” of DUI arrests made by 64 police officers. The reason? They may not have really been certified to give the breathalyzer test that was used to support the arrests. All police officers in New Hampshire undergo a yearly certification to make sure they stay current on breathalyzer technology. This year the state used an online certification program which contained a computer glitch, giving officers credit for an answer even if they got it wrong. Thus, some officers were declared to have passed the re-certification when they really didn’t. Officials have identified more than 100 cases so far, and those motorists will get to re-do their...
Zero Tolerance Proposed for Argentina, Uruguay

Zero Tolerance Proposed for Argentina, Uruguay

Zero tolerance bans on drinking and driving are underway in both Argentina and Uruguay. Zero tolerance laws make it illegal to drive with any measurable alcohol in the body. In the United States, zero tolerance laws apply only to motorists under 21 years of age or on DUI probation. On April 29, incoming Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez announced he would seek to significantly reduce the permissible blood-alcohol level for drivers. Meanwhile, Argentina’s Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo said during a radio interview on April 28 that he intends to send a “Zero Alcohol” bill to Congress....
“Cannibuster” Promises Roadside Marijuana Test

“Cannibuster” Promises Roadside Marijuana Test

The “Cannibuster” has been a long time in the making. A roadside marijuana test has been the holy grail of law enforcement for some time now, and researchers at the University of Akron believe they have invented it. Unlike testing for alcohol–which can be done at roadside with a simple breath test–quantifying the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a driver’s system has required a blood test and a much greater time commitment by law enforcement. Called “The Cannibuster,” the new device was recently presented at the ninth annual LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards. The event celebrates five competitors representing some of the brightest and most innovative ideas being produced at northeast Ohio universities. Researchers are seeking funding for creating prototype, and they have vowed to work with law enforcement to develop it. Currently California law provides for an immediate administrative driver’s license suspension for any motorist who drives with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater. Legislative efforts to establish a “per se” level of illegality for THC have stalled in California, in part because of the expense of performing blood tests for every motorist stopped. Look for devices like the Cannnibuster to spawn an entirely new “per se” suspension scheme at DMV (as has been done in Colorado and Washington for 5 nanograms of THC per millimeter of whole blood), as officers can determine THC levels at roadside....
DUI Video Recordings Irk Prosecutors

DUI Video Recordings Irk Prosecutors

DUI video recordings during arrests have been mandatory in South Carolina since 1998. Every DUI arrest must be recorded from start to finish–including any breath test the motorist agrees to take. Apparently the law is hindering prosecution efforts, because two bills currently pending in the South Carolina legislature aim to lessen the importance of the video recordings. In typical prosecutor fashion, Barry Barnette, the chief prosecutor for Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, says far too many cases are thrown out because the DUI video recording is “not perfect.” (Read: the DUI video recording has so many problems that it cannot be used to validate the arrest.) Problems–which Barnette refers to as “technicalities,” can range from malfunctioning audio to the suspect temporarily stumbling out of view. (Read: the officer positioned the motorist out of audio range or view of the camera.) The proposal before a Senate subcommittee Wednesday specifies that a case can’t be tossed simply because video equipment fails to capture field sobriety tests. Barnette prefers a House version, which ties automatic dismissal to a recording being intentionally damaged or missing. Not surprisingly, appearing in favor of weakening the law were members of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association, prosecutors and victim’s...
P.J. Williams DUI Dismissed

P.J. Williams DUI Dismissed

The case against the Florida State’s P.J. Williams was dismissed today when video evidence failed to support the details filed in the police report on the night of the arrest earlier this month. The dismissal came just in time for the NFL mock draft later this week. (Disclaimer: We occasionally follow DMV stories related to famous or otherwise influential people to compare their treatment to that received by the average citizen. These stories are flagged with the “Tabloid” tag and placed in the “Tabloid”...
William Paul, Son of Senator Rand Paul, Arrested for DUI

William Paul, Son of Senator Rand Paul, Arrested for DUI

William Paul, the son of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), was arrested for DUI last week, Beat DMV has learned. According to Police Spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts in Lexington, William Paul, 22, was cited last week for DUI after hitting a parked car. He was treated for minor injuries at the University of Kentucky hospital and released. According to the citation, Lexington police found Paul in the driver’s seat of the truck after it collided with a parked vehicle. The report said William Paul was “belligerent” and had “a strong odor of alcohol,” bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood test, according to the citation. This is not the first time William Paul has had trouble with alcohol. In January, 2013, Paul was charged with assault on a flight attendant and consuming alcohol underage. and in October,of that year, was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor. Paul is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge May 12 in Fayette District Court. (Disclaimer: We occasionally follow DMV stories related to famous or otherwise influential people to compare their treatment to that received by the average citizen. These stories are flagged with the “Tabloid” tag and placed in the “Tabloid”...