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Unfortunately, many drunk driving accidents in Boston also involve a hit-and-run driver.  The reason for this is because some of these drunk drivers realize they will likely be arrested for drunk driving in addition to other charges related to the accident.  They either are not really thinking at all, or are thinking that even if they get caught later, the police will not be able to prove the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

police-on-the-scene-1172422-mAccording to a recent news feature from WMUR, the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) are saying that a pedestrian was killed in a Boston drunk driving accident, and the suspect allegedly fled the scene following the accident.  He has since been arrested and taken into police custody. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from CBS Local Boston, a woman has just been arrested after she allegedly crashed into a Massachusetts State Police Cruiser in Boston, injuring a trooper.  Authorities say the alleged drunk driving crash occurred in on Route 93 in Boston near the Mass Ave exit around 1:30 a.m.  The alleged drunk driver was in a 2010 Chevy Malibu.

traffic ticketA spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) say the Chevy Malibu was being driven by a 21-year-old woman who was operating her motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Specifically, the allegations are that she rear-ended the trooper’s cruiser with enough force to cause an injury. Continue reading

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In a rather bizarre incident reported by KATU 2 News, a police officer alleged to have been responsible for a drunk driving crash in a city-owned vehicle. He reportedly struck up a conversation with arresting officers about fast food and whether a certain restaurant was “cop friendly.”

chicken-sandwiche-1-1563678Authorities have said the police officer, a 17-year veteran on the force, was working for the department’s gang unit and was off-duty, but “on call” while driving the unmarked police car owned by the city at the time of the alleged drunk driving crash.   The crash occurred just before two in the afternoon. Continue reading

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There is no doubt that state legislators and organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are trying to make it tougher for those who decide to drink to the point of intoxication and then get behind the wheel of a car.  The state senate has recently passed a bill that will require more people convicted of operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OUI) of intoxicating liquor or drunk to get a vehicle alcohol ignition interlock on their cars.  This is a breath testing machine in which the driver must blow a clean sample before his or her car will start.

gavel6While the courts in our country do not generally advocate for a position, legal decisions can make it harder on certain individuals who get arrested, and things just got harder for those arrested for drunk driving in the Commonwealth. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from the Boston Globe, a Boston University student has just been arraigned in criminal court following an alleged fatal drunk driving car accident.  Prosecutors have charged the 19-year-old defendant with motor vehicle homicide by driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, operating under the influence (OUI) of intoxicating liquor and other related charges.

highway9Authorities have said that defendant was operating his vehicle when the car drove off the road and crashed into a group of trees. The 18-year-old passenger was killed as result of the fatal drunk driving car accident, according to law enforcement officers. Continue reading

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The Massachusetts State Senate passed new legislation earlier this summer that will require alcohol ignition interlock devices in many operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol or drugs cases.  An alcohol vehicle breath ignition interlock is a device that is installed on a car and will not let the driver start the vehicle until he or she blows into a sample tube and the car determines the driver is not under the influence of alcohol.

one-car-key-1149771-mWhile this is big step forward, the technology still has a long way to go.  Originally, drunk drivers would get someone who was sober to blow in the tube, and they would drive away.  This was known as a “blow and go” and would work until the car was turned off.  To combat this, the newer devices require a new sample to be given at random times throughout the drive when the car is not in motion. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from Fox 25 News Boston, a woman was recently arrested for drunk driving with not pants.  Authorities have said they noticed a car was driving in an erratic manner and initiated a traffic stop.

driving9The first thing the officer noticed was the woman was allegedly not wearing any pants or underwear.  This was all captured on the cruiser’s dash cam, which was operating at the time of her arrest.  After she noticed she was not wearing any pants, she asked her if she had been drinking any alcoholic beverages that night.  Her alleged response was that she had been drinking too much, and she should take her to jail already.  He asked her to put her pants back on, which she happened to have with her in the car. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from CBS Boston Local, a man from Lowell, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, was arrested on his sixth drunk driving charge after allegedly ramming into to two fully marked police cruisers early Friday morning.  The man is 41-years-old.

mf1GjqGPolice say the man was allegedly driving his vehicle in an erratic manner and speeding when they witnessed this and attempted to pull him over.  They use the term attempted because their efforts did not go so well. Continue reading

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There are many people who drink until the point where they are intoxicated and then get behind the wheel of motor vehicle.  They do it all the time, night after night, and hope they won’t get caught or get into an accident.  The primary fear however, is getting caught, not getting into an accident, for most people.

mq2DQE8There are two ways we know this. The first is that most of the anti-drunk driving commercials have slogans like, “Drive hammered, get nailed,” or “Sober or slammer.”  These are not randomly chosen slogans, or simply picked because they rhyme.  There are extensive focus groups and psychological data that shows what prospective drivers fear in terms of drunk driving. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from Yahoo Sports, Texas Rangers relief pitcher, Jeremy Jeffress, was arrested for drunk driving last Friday, and authorities have said he allegedly urinated on himself during the incident.

dJCgskAuthorities say the arrest occurred around two in the morning in the Uptown neighborhood of the city.   The police initiated the stop after he allegedly changed lanes without using a turn signal and nearly hit a police cruiser. When officers approached his car and looked inside, they allege that they immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and that his eyes were bloodshot, glassy, and watery.  He allegedly told officers that he had three or four drinks of Hennessey and coke. Continue reading