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Drunk driving and the law

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can not only be dangerous, but costly. In Virginia, law enforcement takes measures to prevent such dangers and educate drivers about the consequences of driving while impaired. While drunk driving is a serious matter, learning about the facts can raise awareness and potentially create safer driving practices. 

DUI concerns over Fourth of July

As the end of June gets nearer, many residents in Virginia are eagerly looking forward to the long holiday weekend over the Fourth of July. From backyard barbeques to fun on a favorite lake or a road trip, the celebrations may abound. Alcoholic beverages are commonly enjoyed during these celebrations but people should take caution to ensure that they avoid a potential drunk driving arrest.

Suspended sentence reduces man's jail time

After an arrest for charges involving driving under the influence, Virginia residents no doubt will want to know what type of consequences they may experience if they are ultimately convicted. This is something that may vary quite a bit based upon the nature of a given case. For example, whether or not a crash happened or exactly what a driver's blood alcohol content was at the time of the arrest may play into the final penalties.

What is the walk-and-turn field sobriety test?

If you have ever wondered what really happens during a traffic stop when officers begin to pursue a potential drunk driving arrest in Virginia, you are not alone. Many drivers have wondered the same thing and having an idea about this can be important for people because virtually anyone can find themselves in this situation. One thing to know is that the field sobriety tests used, although sanctioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are not 100-percent accurate.

What are some misconceptions about boating while drinking?

As summer rapidly approaches, boaters in Virginia are gearing up to get on the water. With fun and adventure often comes alcohol, and many people harbor illusions about the real dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). In fact, these behaviors can lead to significant injury and property damage, and even result in fatalities under certain circumstances.

The one-leg stand test

You may have heard about how people in Virginia might have to perform certain tests if a law enforcement officer suspects they were driving while drunk. These are called field sobriety tests because they take place in the field where a stop occurs and they aim to determine at a rudimentary level a person's level of sobriety. However, as indicates, these test cannot conclusively identify a person's blood alcohol content.

Bus driver accused of being drunk on the job

For those in Lynchburg looking to drink responsibly, a night of drinking likely ends with a ride home on a bus or in a taxi. The logic behind this assumption no doubt comes from people surmising that does hired specifically to transport others would not knowingly endanger their passengers lives with their own reckless behavior. Yet what happens when people who are hired to provide public transportation choose to drink and drive while on the job?

What is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test?

Have you ever wondered what really happens when a police officer suspects that you or another driver may be intoxicated? Just how does an officer gather what is considered to be evidence to support making an arrest for imparied driving? One of the things that you may be asked to do if you are suspected of being drunk while driving is to submit to what are called field sobriety tests.

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