While the holiday season is meant to be festive and reflective, it may not be so for law enforcement officers across Pennsylvania. They are charged with keeping roads safe and getting dangerous drivers off the road. Also, December is deemed National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, so we expect a number of people to be stopped on suspicion of DUI.
With less than a week before Christmas, our readers likely know that the public efforts on drunk driving prevention are in full swing. Additional patrols will be in force during the weekend, and more public safety advertisements will be seen on television. Indeed, we support these efforts because prevention is the key in limiting drunk driving accidents (and thus saving lives), but we also believe that DUI courts have not received the recognition deserved for their roles in changing the culture of DUI enforcement in Pennsylvania.
A 66-year-old man is in custody after he was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that collided with two children, killing one of them. The pedestrian accident occurred in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Two children were playing in the yard just before 2 p.m. when the 66-year-old man reportedly drove into the yard. That man is currently in custody at the Lawrence County jail with no bond.
Georgina Zogby will avoid jail time and serve probation after being sentenced for a number of criminal offenses stemming from a drunken driving arrest in July 2011. The wife of Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby will spend three years on probation after being convicted for fleeing police and DUI.
A crash in Peters Township, Pennsylvania, left two people injured. The drunk driving accident, which occurred last month, has led to charges recently being filed against the alleged drunk driver. No fatalities were reported, and both drivers involved in the two-vehicle crash survived.
A 47-year-old woman from Whitpain, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced by a judge for two crashes she was involved in. Allegedly, the woman had consumed alcohol before the crashes that occurred in 2009 and 2010, causing both to be considered drunk driving accidents. The woman, a criminal defense lawyer, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the two crashes.
Penalties for drunk driving increase every year. States are quick to pass tougher laws when they determine that it is necessary to make changes. One of the major issues that may face legislators across the country concerns the sentences that are in place for those with multiple DUI convictions.
Underage drinking and driving is a crime that law enforcement takes very seriously. Pennsylvania is a zero tolerance state, and anyone under the age of 21 that has a blood alcohol content of 0.02 can be arrested for DUI. The penalties for a conviction can be very severe, and can lead to many other consequences for the person that is convicted.
We have all seen someone driving dangerously on area roads. Whether it is travelling at a high rate of speed or cutting us off as we approach their vehicle, other drivers can sometimes behave in ways that make it frustrating for motorists that are following all traffic rules.
Labor Day weekend is one of the last opportunities to get in a few more moments of summer fun. And as the summer ends, people may get together with friends and relatives for parties throughout the Philadelphia area.