Stay Safe from Drunk Drivers this Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is a lot of people's favorite day of the year. You may be hosting your own party or going to one of the many Super Bowl parties hosted by friends and family. While the day can be a lot of fun, for many that fun involves drinking a lot of beer and then getting behind the wheel of a car for the drive home.

451055_football_american_texture.jpgIf you are going to be drinking alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday, we urge you to drink responsibly and use a designated driver. A drunk driving accident is not the way anyone wants to end the night.

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Man Arrested for DUI on New Years' Eve Says Everyone Does It

Every year around the holidays, we tend to see more drunk drivers out on the roads. New Year's Eve probably has more drunk drivers on the road at any given time than any other day during the holiday season. Many people spend the day drinking and watching college football, and then get behind the wheel to drive to a restaurant or party where they will be doing more drinking before driving home. To some it seems like nearly everyone is driving drunk. Safety in numbers is not a defense to drunk driving nor does it make the extremely dangerous conduct any less negligent.

stop-sign-1441648-m.jpgAccording to a recent news report from the Daily Journal, a man was driving just after midnight when he is alleged to have nearly hit a police K9 unit. Police say defendant drove through a stop sign and raced towards the car in front of him. A police officer who witnessed this, turned on his emergency lights and tried to pull over the suspect fearing he would also drive through the upcoming intersection.

Police then say suspect's car came to a complete stop and the intersection but the car in front of suspect continued through the intersection and made a U-turn. This vehicle turned out to be the K9 officer.

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East Boston Power Lines Taken Out by Drunk Driver

According to a news article in the Boston Herald, a suspected drunk driver crashed his car into a series of equipment operated by the utility company in East Boston. The alleged drunk driving accident occurred around 4 a.m.

danger-of-death-1425329-m.jpgWitnesses reported downed power lines, transformers, and multiple downed telephone poles as a result of the crash. The downed power equipment caused police and firefighters to close Route 1A to all traffic through in East Boston following the accident. Route 1A is the main access road to Boston Logan International Airport as well as towns north of Boston.

It has also been reported another accident occurred when a car crashed into the downed power equipment. An alleged drunk driver was arrested for driving his white pickup truck without a license, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OUI) of intoxicating liquor or drugs, and is scheduled to be arraigned at the East Boston District Court.

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DUI Suspect "Plays Chicken" With Massachusetts Police

It should come as no surprise people do things while drunk they would not ordinarily do while sober. However, being intoxicated is not a defense to their negligent actions. In fact, it is the very basis for establishing negligence in drunk driving accident lawsuits.
According to a recent news article from the Boston Herald, one alleged intoxicated driver is said to have "played chicken" with police during his drunk driving arrest. Authorities say a 42-year-old defendant was recently arrested on his fifth drunk driving charge.

crashed-car-1148745-m.jpgDefendant is alleged to have crashed his truck into two parked cars. When police first found defendant around 1:30 a.m., he allegedly rammed one of the responding officer's police cruisers with his truck and tried to drive away. Police chased defendant to Malden, Massachusetts, where officers say he aimed his truck at second police cruiser.

At this point, defendant is said to have tried to crash into the police car, but the officer managed to swerve to avoid a collision. When the police officer swerved his car, he crashed into a curb and blew a tire. Defendant is then alleged to have driven away on bare rims, as he had four flat tires and did not stop until driving into the Malden River. Once the car was in a few feet of water, defendant got out of the car and was wading in the water until being caught by police. He was taken to a local hospital.

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Two Killed In Separate Massachusetts Drunk Driving Crashes

Every year, we tend to see an increase in drunk driving crashes around the holidays. One of the reasons is that people tend to drink more during the holidays. Sometimes it a festive occasion such as an office holiday party, and other times it is due to an underlying problem with alcohol and depression that is often more severe during the holiday season. When this increased drinking is combined with increased travel, as normally occurs during the holiday season, we end up with more alcohol-related car accidents. Some of the drunk driving accidents are fatal.

memorial-day-1189711-m.jpgAccording to a recent news article from the Boston Herald, a fire fighter and senior citizen were both killed in separate drunk driving accidents in towns around Boston. The first accident involved a well-loved firefighter who defendant hit with his van. Victim and his fiancée, both 62 years old, were hit by the car. Police say victim was found lying in the road. He was found face down having sustained serious head injuries. His fiancée is expected to survive the accident. Defendant in this case is alleged to have admitted to authorities he had been drinking earlier in the night at two different establishments. Barnstable County prosecutors charged defendant with motor vehicle homicide involving drunk driving. Prosecutors also charged defendant with drunk driving involving serious personal injury.

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"Elf" Arrested for Drunk Driving

Around the holidays we tend to see some pretty strange behavior. This is especially true when dealing with drunk driving arrests. During this past Halloween, we saw a woman dressed as a Zombie get arrested twice for drunk driving in the same night while in full costume. According to a recent news article from the Gothamist, a man dressed as one of Santa's elves was arrested for driving drunk in New Jersey this holiday season. Authorities have alleged defendant was passed out drunk behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after a long night of partying. He was dressed as an elf at the time of his arrest.

santas-elf-1-682154-m.jpgPolice found the 23-year-old driver dressed as elf in a store's loading dock in his car with the engine running, lights on, and radio turned up to full volume. He was wearing what police describe as a red shirt and pants and a white ruffled collar.

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Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes into Jennifer Lopez's Car

According to a recent news article from the Boston Herald, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez was hit by an alleged drunk driver. Los Angeles County Prosecutors issues a statement describing how Lopez was riding as a passenger in her Rolls-Royce, along with her two children. Actress Leah Remini, her friend, was driving the car when defendant is alleged to have crashed his pickup truck into them while they were stopped at a traffic light.
Prosecutors charged defendant with driving a motor vehicle under the influence.

rolls-royce-21748-m.jpgProsecutors say police performed a test to determine defendant's blood alcohol concentration at the time of the accident, and it was reported to be around twice the legal limit. In that jurisdiction, as well as in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the legal limit of alcohol is 0.08 grams of ethanol per milliliter of blood. Ethanol is the chemical name for drinking alcohol as opposed to medicinal alcohol such as isopropyl.

It should be noted some people have ingested isopropyl alcohol and other forms of alcohol, such as those present in hand sanitizers and mouthwash to become drunk, and can still be charged with a DUI and found liable in civil car accident lawsuit if they do, but given the other toxic effects of drinking other forms of alcohol, it is less common.

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Massachusetts Agency Awarded Grant to Help Drunk Driving Accident Victims

A lot of people who drive a vehicle while intoxicated tend to do so on a regular basis. These habitual drunk drivers tend to think of it as a victimless crime. However, when there is an alcohol-related accident, drunk driving is far from being victimless, as it can have serious consequences for other people.

cash-money-notes-1-1384590-m.jpgAccording to a recent news article from Mass Live, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance has been awarded a major grant to help victims of drunk driving accidents in several countries in the Commonwealth. Funding for this program comes from court costs and fines that the court assesses from those convicted of operating under the influence (OUI).

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Man Arrested for DUI with .45 BAC

Many people are aware that the legal limit of alcohol intoxication is 0.08 grams per hundred milliliters of blood. This true in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and across the United States. The reason for this is because Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was able to lobby to create a national standard for drunk driving. The way this was accomplished was to tell any state not willing to lower the legal limit to 0.08 percent it would not get full highway funding. Legal scholars refer to this as Congress' power to control the purse strings.

martini-862691-m.jpgWhile it does not mean that someone who has been drinking is safe to drive merely because his her blood alcohol content (BAC) is below the legal limit, if their BAC is above the legal limit, it is presumed they are intoxicated in a court of law.

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Woman Arrested for OUI after Allegedly Hitting Taxi in Arlington

Drunk driving accidents involving victims who were riding in a taxi cab are more common than one might initially think. According to a recent news article from the Arlington Patch, a 26-year-old suspected drunk driver was arrested for allegedly rear-ending a taxi cab early one Saturday morning.

taxi-bubble-sign-1442111-m.jpgWitnesses say defendant was driving her car in an erratic manner when the car accident occurred. At the time of the accident, a police officer was driving behind defendant and immediately responded to the accident. Officers say driver appeared to be intoxicated and was asked to take several Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFTSs) after exiting the vehicle. After allegedly failing all three tests, police placed defendant under arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (OUI), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a marked lanes violation, and following too closely (tailgating).

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MADD Raising Awareness about Drunk Driving Accidents This Holiday Season

Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a non-profit organization that has been essential in raising the national drinking age to 21-years-of-age and increasing penalties for drunk driving. According to a recent news feature from CBS, MADD, along with the help of several South Florida families who are all victims of drunk driving accidents, is working to raise awareness of drunk driving and drugged driving this holiday season.

dusk-at-the-national-tree-1437642-m.jpgOne victim interviewed in the article discusses how a drunk driver hit them and literally drove through their car. She described the drunk driving accident, which is something she will never forget, by saying the drunk driver was traveling in excess of 100 mph in a bus-only lane when the crash occurred. Her 13-year-old sister was killed in this fatal drunk driving crash. Victim's mother is pleading with anyone who will listen to designate a driver who will agree to remain sober to prevent an accident like this one from occurring again.

Another family member is urging people not have a few drinks and then get behind the wheel. As she says, even if you are within the legal limit of .08 grams per hundred milliliters of blood, it does not mean it is safe for you drive. To demonstrate this, police set up a demonstration to show how difficult it is for people to function even when they are at or below the legal limit.

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New Study Shows Energy Drinks May Contribute to Drunk Driving

We often see advertisements for beer and liquor showing everyone having a good time, then some fine print saying the maker of that particular alcoholic beverage urges people to drink responsibility. As we know from the thousands of drunk driving accidents each year, many do not take this advice.

red-bull-boat-359586-m.jpgA recent news feature from Fox News looks at how energy drinks may encourage drunk driving. One study cited in the article involved a survey of over 350 college and university students. Of those surveyed, 107 reported to drink alcohol and energy drinks together. This should come as no surprise, given the popularity of drinks that mix energy drinks and alcohol at many bars.

Within that group of 107, nearly 60 percent said they had driven a motor vehicle when they knew they were too intoxicated to drive. Among those who only drank alcohol and did not mix it with energy drinks, there was a less than 50 percent finding of knowingly driving while intoxicated.

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Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes into Massachusetts Apartment

There is no doubt drunk driving accidents can lead to serious personal injury and death. One recent news article from My Fox Boston looks at a close call that resulted in the destruction of a home and what appear to be minor injuries. Authorities are reporting a woman was arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) after crashing her car into a house where a 72-year-old man was sleeping.

bedtime-1084472-m.jpgWhen Worchester, Massachusetts police officers got the house, it was just after 2 a.m. Defendant's car had crashed through an exterior wall, drove completely inside the house, and came to a stop with the front wheels suspended inches over the homeowner's bed that was in his basement bedroom.

The occupant, who had a bandage wrapped around his head due his injuries, said he was asleep when he heard the car crash through his apartment. He was able to get out of the way and saw people in the car trying to get out. He tried to help them exit the crashed vehicle.

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Massachusetts State Police Officer Returns to Work after Second Drunk Driving Arrest

When we think of drunk driving, we normally think of a drunk driver getting arrested by the police, and hopefully before the driver caused a serious alcohol-related car accident.

sig-40-and-badge-158060-m.jpgHowever, according to a recent news article in the Boston Globe, a Massachusetts state trooper has been arrested for drunk driving on more than one occasion without being terminated. This trooper's first arrest for drunk driving was before he became a police officer at the age of 19, after crashing his car into a tree.

The next time he was arrested, he was found passed out in his car with the ignition still on and a partially full can of beer on the floor of the vehicle. This second DUI arrested occurred in 2012, when he was a Massachusetts state trooper. After this drunk driving arrest, he admitted to drinking after a softball game, then went to a local bar and drank more alcohol, went to yet another bar, and then tried to drive home but passed out on the way. Authorities reported that when the arresting officer asked him for his driver's license, he handed over a credit card instead.

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Man Sentenced for Deadly Drunk Driving Crash Involving Honeymoon Couple

According to a recent news article from WMUR 9, a defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a newlywed bride in a 2013 drunk driving car accident in New England in 2013. The couple was just married in their home state of Minnesota and were driving through New England during their honeymoon.

helicopter-1335914-m.jpgCourt records indicate defendant, who had a blood alcohol level of two times the legal limit and had taken prescription drugs, crossed the center line and hit the victim's car head on. The female victim was killed during the crash. Her husband suffered multiple skull fractures and other serious injuries but survived the horrific accident.

During the sentencing hearing, family members of the decedent had the opportunity to make what are known as victim impact statements, where they asked defendant how he can live with the knowledge that he had took someone's life. Defendant also spoke at his sentencing hearing and said he can't defend his actions and no longer knows who the person was that was driving the car that night. He said the accident happened, and he takes responsibility for it.

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