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It’s been more than two months since the MGM National Harbor Casino – the first in the D.C. metro area – opened for business, following a private, black-tie opening night. It features many of the same amenities as similar operations in Las Vegas, though nothing quite like it has been built outside of that region. It’s a first for the Washington, D.C. metro area. The $1.4 billion casino was built by the same company that owns the Bellagio.

But all this prestige could not shield it from the news that a DUI arrest involved one of its opening night patrons – the head of the liquor commission.happyhour
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According to a recent news story from WFMZ-TV News, a Pennsylvania man has been ordered by the judge to complete 25 hours of community service.  This will consist of traveling to different colleges in the area and speaking about his drunk driving car accident, arrest and sentencing.  The community service was not the only condition of his sentence.

prisonProsecutors have said the car accident, which occurred back in 2015, involved a head on collision where the victim was trapped in a burning car for more than an hour until firefighters could arrive at the scene and suppress the blaze enough to free him from the vehicle in which he was trapped. Amazingly, the victim survived. As for the 22-year-old defendant, first responders found him lying on the ground next to his own vehicle.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from News 7 Boston, a man was just arrested in Everett for allegedly driving drunk while picking up his young child from school. It appears this was the second time he’s been recently arrested for this type of offense.

driving9Authorities say the 52-year-old man was arrested when he tried to pick up his 10-year-old son from school while the man was “obviously intoxicated.”  After being taken to the police station to be booked and processed, he was released on his personal promise to appear in court.  This is standard practice in Massachusetts following a drunk driving arrest in which there was not a serious accident. Continue reading

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Each year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) release a “Report to the Nation,” as they call it, on the state of drunk driving laws across the U.S.  The agency assigns a rating ranging from one to five stars to determine the strength of a particular state’s drunk driving laws and regulations.

beerbottlesWhile some states like Mississippi fared very well with 4.5 stars, Massachusetts was awarded only two stars.  Part of the issue for the Commonwealth was that while there is an administrative suspension law is on the books, the interlock device is not required for all first-time offenders following an administrative license suspension. This resulted in just a half star. There was another half star awarded for a child endangerment statute, but not a full star because it is only a misdemeanor. We were also given one full star because the state does have sobriety checkpoints set up at least once a month on average.  Continue reading

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In what appears to be an attempt to curb driving while giving a nod to the cult classic “Super Troopers,” one police force in Canada warned potential drunk drivers that if they drive drunk during the holiday season, the will get caught, pay fines, lose their license, and, as an added bonus/punishment, they will be forced to listen to their copy of a “Nickelback’s Silver Side Up” cassette tape, of which a photo was featured in their warning, according to a recent news release from UPI.  We can only assume they still have cassette players in their police cruisers.

drivingWhile this announcement clearly was made at least partially in jest, the police were very serious about their warnings to potential drunk drivers, and this was just a novel way to get their attention. The reality is that many people drink more than they normally do over the holidays.  This is due to office parties, family gatherings, and added stress in general during this time of year.  With more people drinking, there will be more people who get behind the wheel while drunk.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from the New York Post, a man allegedly fell out of the pickup truck he was driving outside of a strip club in Orlando, Florida and was then run over by his own vehicle.  This was all caught on a security camera outside of the strip club, according to a statement by police.

silver pickupThe 28-year-old can be seen leaving the strip club at around 2 a.m. and getting into his vehicle to drive away.  Allegedly fearing that he was too intoxicated to drive home, a club security guard attempted to stop him from leaving.  He is seen accelerating and making a hard right turn, as he attempted to leave the parking area, and he was then ejected from the truck at this point. Once he was on the ground, the truck kept moving and ran over his legs. Continue reading

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A man in Framingham, Massachusetts was arrested for drunk driving, according to a recent news article from CBS Boston.  While this happens all the time, especially around the winter holiday season, it is not every day that the man being arrested casts a spell on the arresting state police trooper, as this is what the prosecutors have alleged.

Minolta DSCA spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), has said that the troopers first found the 36-year-old defendant sitting in his car that was stopped in the shoulder of Interstate 495.  This was around 3 a.m. when he was found in the breakdown lane of the Interstate. Continue reading

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There are many people who drive drunk on a regular basis.  Some of these people will be in a drunk driving accident at some future point in their lives, and some already have been in one.  Some may be lucky enough to avoid an accident. However, when a person drives drunk, it is hard to appreciate the seriousness of their actions, because that person is viewing everything while being intoxicated.  This not only has physical effects, but also makes people more likely to engage in dangerous behavior like drunk driving.

driving3However, if a person could experience what they are doing when they are driving drunk while sober and be able to appreciate everything, it might make people think twice before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after having a few too many drinks. Continue reading

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According to a recent article by The Boston Herald, a man from Roxbury was arrested after he allegedly crashed his BMW sport utility vehicle (SUV) into the rear of a Massachusetts State Police (MSP) cruiser that was parked on the side of the road.  MSP has said that this driver was one of about a dozen other drunk drivers arrested over the Thanksgiving weekend. There was a trooper in the parked MSP cruiser who apparently suffered back and neck injuries as result of the crash. Those injuries were not considered life-threatening.

traffic ticketWhen troopers approached the man’s vehicle following the crash, they immediately became suspicious that he was operating his motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OUI) and began to investigate further. The driver allegedly told troopers that he was having trouble changing lanes and that was the reason he “skidded” into the parked state police cruiser. Continue reading

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We have all heard about a wedding or been to a wedding when one of the guests got drunk and acted in an inappropriate manner. However, when someone drinks too much and decides to get behind the wheel of a car, things can get much worse.  In some case, one doesn’t even need to get behind the wheel of a car to drive drunk.

wedding ringsAccording to a recent news article from Fox 25 News Boston, a man has just been arrested for allegedly getting drunk and crashing a golf cart.  Witnesses say, the best man at this wedding was open about the fact he does not like the bride.  He allegedly left the wedding and then stole a golf cart.  He then crashed the golf cart at the wedding venue and was walking around covered in blood.  This was a six-person golf cart that belonged to the resort at which the wedding was being hosted.  The cart was left on the 11th tee of one of the golf courses after it sustained heavy damage in the crash. Continue reading