Recently, an SUV crashed through the front window of a fast food restaurant in Lanham, Maryland. Five injured people were transported to the hospital. The driver was arrested immediately after the crash on suspicion of drunk driving. If you were the driver in this situation, would you know how to respond? Would you know what to say if an officer began asking you questions or wanted to administer a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test on you?
A Maryland school administrator was recently sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence for the second time in less than a year. The arresting officer had administered field sobriety tests, but stopped them when the man lost his balance.
When people in Maryland are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, they are often given field sobriety tests by officers. These tests are certainly not foolproof, and when they are not conducted accurately can give very misleading results.
Some people in Maryland convicted of driving under the influence are not punished for their acts in the traditional sense. A grant-funded program in Howard County provides people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction with counseling and check-ups rather than with time behind bars -- an opportunity that can be much more preferable.