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Facts - Progress has been made during the past 20 years to reduce the proportion of fatally injured drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) at or above 0.08 percent. Proportions are lower in all age groups and among vehicle drivers. There also has been a substantial decline among those with very high BACs (at or above 0.15 percent), who often are assumed to be "hard-core" drinking drivers. However, progress has stalled in recent years and alcohol-impaired driving is still a major problem.
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Drunk Driving - Advocacy, rehabilitation, and legal defense
aspects of DUI and DUI laws in California. DMV resources and DUI
in General - Questions and answers about BAC and other general
Advice - What is Drunk Driving?
Drunk Driving Table - Information about drunk driving laws
and penalties in each state.
other than alcohol - Different types of drug affect your skills in different ways
Administrative License Suspension - Hundreds of state laws
targeting alcohol-impaired driving were enacted during the early
1980s, and among those shown to be the most effective are administrative
license suspension (ALS) laws.
FAQ - Brief summary of the legal terms regarding driving under
the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Deterrence and Enforcement - A question and answer session.
Field Sobriety Testing: Fact and Fiction. Field sobriety testing
for DWI is a crucial element in DWI prosecution and defense.
Drunk Driving looks for solutions to drunk driving and underage
drinking. Read related news, MADD's stance on public policy, and
find a local chapter.
Council - Group funded by American distillers to fight drunk
driving and underage drinking.
Group Rides and Designated Drivers - Collegiate safe ride
programs nationwide to prevent drunk-driving.
Auto Safety Group - Organization that works to improve highway safety by lobbying Congress to pass critical legislation, monitoring the Department of Transportation
Against Drunk Driving - A Nevada grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the violent crime of driving under the influence and assisting innocent victims of this crime
Drivers Defense Network - National network of DUI/DWI attorneys,
ways to avoid a DUI conviction, blood alcohol chart, myths about
defending accused drunk drivers.
Victims Panel - Panel of DUI victims share stories and explain
how their lives have been impacted by drunk driving. Held regularly
throughout Oregon and Washington, audience includes recent offenders,
peace officers, and the ...
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. – is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem – alcoholism and drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities.
Drunk Driving Defense Task Force - Lawyers who have successfully
defended DUI and drunk driving cases and exhibit the desire,
skill in defending drunk driving cases.
Test Ruled a "Search"
Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a field sobriety test administered
to a motorist constituted a "search." However, the
court found that in this case the search was reasonable, as
the officer giving the test had probable cause to suspect that
the individual was driving under the influence (State v. Nagel,
Ore. SupCt., No. S40605, Sept. 9, 1994, 56 CrL 1004).
Nagel was stopped by a police officer because one headlight
was broken on Nagel's car. The officer suspected Nagel had been
drinking and administered sobriety tests (counting backwards,
walking toe to heel in a line, etc.). After Nagel failed several
of the tests, he was arrested for driving under the influence.
The court found that:
By requiring the defendant to perform a series of unusual maneuvers
and acts, the officer was able to detect certain aspects of
the defendant's physical and psychological condition that were
not detectable through simple observation by any member of the
public or a police officer located in a public place. ... Assuming
that they [the sobriety tests] were [searches], however, probable
cause and exigent circumstances existed.
Nagel argued that the tests constituted a 'search' and violated
his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
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