A Maryland lawmaker is working to increase the penalties for convicted drunk drivers who have one or more children in their car at the time of their DUI arrest. It remains to be seen whether the other members of the state legislature will agree with and pass the bill, which the lawmaker reportedly plans to introduce when the General Assembly reconvenes next month.
Last year, there were 9,878 alcohol-related car accident fatalities in the United States. That number marks a 2.5 percent drop from 2010, and continues a long downward trend in DUI fatalities in the U.S. Despite the decline, federal traffic safety agencies continue to work to prevent drunk driving accidents, injuries and fatalities, as they well should. But are their latest efforts going too far?
Many of our Annapolis DUI blog readers probably heard about the fatal drunk driving accident that took place this weekend involving two members of the Dallas Cowboys football team. There are many tragic elements to that story. Not only was Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown killed in the single-car accident, but the person who was driving that car was Brown's teammate and good friend, defensive tackle Josh Brent. To say that the accident was a tragedy is a huge understatement.
In July 2011, a retired police officer was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and causing a fatal crash that took the lives of two motorcyclists. After the accident, the officer refused to take a blood alcohol test, instead asking for his attorney. Earlier this week, as the officer testified in his defense during his vehicular homicide trial, he said that he wished he would have taken a breath or blood test, because he believes that doing so would have proved that he was not intoxicated.