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August 2014 Archives

Blood testing failure results in review of DUI cases

Did you know that there is a significant difference in your blood alcohol level depending on whether your "whole blood" or your "blood serum" is tested? It's true, and it just caused a county in Pennsylvania to suffer a major embarrassment.

With a BAC of 0.09, former police chief arrested for DWI

The former police chief of Greensboro, North Carolina was arrested recently for driving while intoxicated. The 54-year-old man was a police officer for 27 years, three of which were spent as the police chief of Greensboro. In 2010, he retired from his post and in 2012 he was appointed the director of public safety at North Carolina Central University.

T-shirt of drunk driving suspect catches internet's eye

A recent drunk driving incident made the internet rounds not because of the circumstances of the traffic stop or the arrest -- but because of the t-shirt the accused individual was wearing when his mug shot was taken.

Labor Day weekend and increased DUI patrols are on horizon

Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and just like many other holidays, this means that there will be an increased police presence on many roads all across the country. These increased patrols are usually aimed at preventing, identifying and targeting drunk driving. Obviously, the best way to avoid getting swept up in one of these increased patrols over Labor Day weekend is to avoid drinking and driving.

Appeal of breath test refusal fails due to 'ambiguous' answer

While the following story didn't happen here in North Carolina and even though it's a bit older, it highlights a very critical point about breath tests when a person is accused of driving while intoxicated.

'Super extreme" DUI by NBA player draws national attention

While the following story didn't occur here in Greenville, or anywhere in North Carolina for that matter, it still brings an interesting issue to the table regarding drunk driving and the perception of people who operate a vehicle above the legal blood alcohol limit.

Uber touts ridesharing as a way to combat drunk driving

Many Greenville residents have probably heard of "ridesharing," a relatively new concept that was born by the tech industry. Ridesharing is very simple: it takes the concept of taxis and makes the job available for everyone. Using a cellphone app, any person could use their own personal vehicle as a taxi, and then pick people up who use the app and drive them to their destination for a nominal fee.