Each day, thousands of drivers are pulled over by police officers. If the police officer suspects the driver has been driving while intoxicated, he may ask the pulled over motorist to perform a field sobriety test. If the officer believes the person has not passed the field sobriety test, he may ask for a breathalyzer test.
The last time the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the minimum blood-alcohol level threshold be lowered, from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent, it was 1982. It took the better part of two decades for states to change the laws to match up with the lower number -- and that was largely due to the federal government threatening to withhold funds for highway building and maintenance.
A Maryland man is headed to prison for a motorcycle accident that occurred in 2012. The man pleaded guilty to a felony -- leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death -- as well as a misdemeanor, driving while intoxicated causing death. He initially faced charges of felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, which would have resulted in even more serious penalties. The court sentenced the motorcyclist to one to five years in prison.
Anyone can make a bad decision and wind up dealing with roadside tests and an arrest for driving under the influence. A Baltimore County Councilman was recently sentenced to two years of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drinking and driving. According to police, Huff's blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, was 0.20 percent, more than twice Maryland's legal limit of 0.08 percent, and he failed multiple field sobriety tests.
Drinking and driving is never a good idea. It can lead to serious, even tragic, consequences. Convicted drunk drivers may face substantial fines, loss of driving privileges, license suspension, incarceration, and other penalties.