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Drunk Driving Archives

New device may measure marijuana intoxication

Kentucky residents may want to know that researchers have created a device that can test whether a driver is impaired from cannabis. While law enforcement agencies have tests that can determine the level of THC, the key ingredient in marijuana, there is currently no approved test that can gauge a user's degree of marijuana intoxication.

Parental involvement may impact teen drinking

Teen driving can be a major concern for Kentucky parents as they consider various types of outside influences that can affect the decisions of their children. One of the most serious issues related to teen driving is the consumption of alcohol before driving. However, a survey of more than 1,000 young people suggests that concerned parents can positively influence these decisions by simply implementing clear family rules.

Kentucky law doubles look back period for DUI offenders

Senate Bill 56 became law in Kentucky on April 9 after being signed by Gov. Matt Bevin. The law provides that the length of time that a drunk driving conviction remains on an offender's record is now 10 years, twice as long as what had been the case. Opponents of the law say that longer look back periods punish people for up to a decade for making an isolated mistake, but supporters say that the measure addresses a notable gap in Kentucky's drunk driving laws and brings the state into line with much of the rest of the country.

Supreme Court hears case involving testing without a warrant

Kentucky residents may be interested to know that in 13 states, it is illegal to refuse to take a blood or breath test during a traffic stop even if there is no warrant. On April 20, several justices on the Supreme Court said that compelling compliance to such a request was asking for a significant exception to the Fourth Amendment. However, they did note that the law had good intentions, especially in rural states where drinking and driving is a larger issue.

Woman driving with tree stuck in car arrested for DUI

When police in Kentucky pull over a suspected drunk driver, they often have to work off of clues smaller than a tree sticking out of someone's car. An officer in Illinois, however, received just such a big tip from a concerned motorist. He then located a woman driving a Lincoln Town Car with a 15-foot tree lodged in the grill.

Breathalyzer test constitutionality challenged

Drivers from Kentucky who get stopped for DUIs in certain other states may be interested to learn that in December 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear multiple cases that called the constitutionality of some drunk driving tests into question. Two of Kentucky's neighbors, Tennessee and Virginia, are among the thirteen states where police can charge drivers with criminal offenses if they don't submit to breathalyzer testing. Cases from North Dakota and Minnesota argue that the laws permitting such practices may themselves be illegal.

The effects of alcohol on driving ability

Most Kentucky residents would not think of getting behind the wheel of their car with a blood alcohol level above the state's .08 percent legal limit, but they may be surprised to learn how much their driving abilities can be compromised by even one or two drinks. A glass of wine, a mug of beer and a shot of liquor all contain about 0.6 ounces of alcohol, which is generally enough to raise the BAC level of a male who weighs 160 pounds by .02 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Worth a look

"Explore the world through someone else's eyes." That's what it says on the splash page of the site for Periscope, a Twitter app that lets users live-stream whatever they are doing. You could be watching the Clarks River flow, could be enjoying Benton's Tate Day or you could be serenading the crowd at Big Singing Day. Or you could use Periscope as a woman far southeast of Kentucky did: to stream a broadcast of yourself drinking and driving.