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1,700 Blood Alcohol Test Redone After Mistakes Revealed in DUI cases

The Colorado Department of Health is currently reviewing more than 1,700 blood alcohol test samples after it came to light that an employee may have made mistakes in many drunk driving cases. The fact is that although these tests are scientific, human error can be introduced-and even if not, they may not be 100 percent accurate.

According to the state’s health department, an independent test revealed that a certain lab employee misreported the results of several blood alcohol level tests. The findings have called into question the reliability of many of the blood alcohol tests that the state has received from the health department. Scientists and lab technicians are putting in night and weekend hours in order to retest the samples in question, according to CBS News.

Ten of the first 250 samples have so far proven to have been reported incorrectly. While the health department is not aware whether the employee, who has since been fired, was making the mistakes on accident or on purpose, the investigation demonstrates the importance of questioning such DUI evidence.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/04/20/samples-from-dui-cases-being-re-tested/

McDonnell signs tougher DUI legislation By Laura Vozzella

McDonnell signs tougher DUI legislation

All convicted drunk drivers will have to pass a breath test to get their cars to start under legislation that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell signed into law Thursday.
Sophomore student Patricia Bradford knocks over several cones in High Point, N.C., as she drives a car modified to simulate drunk driving. (Sonny Hedgecock – Associated Press) Virginia already requires ignition interlock devices upon the second or subsequent DUI offenses, or when the offender’s blood-alcohol level exceeds 0.15 percent.

Under the new law, which cleared the General Assembly without much controversy, breathalyzers will be installed on cars used by those convicted of driving under the influence — from the first offense on.

The legislation, supported by the Virginia-based Washington Regional Alcohol Program, was sponsored by Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) and Del. Salvatore R. Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach).

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Original Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/mcdonnell-signs-tougher-dui-legislation/2012/03/09/gIQAFqEB1R_blog.html

DUI in Bucharest

DUI in Bucharest

In Bucharest, the majority of the drunk drivers are men. Most of them drive under the influence after drinking alcohol in pubs, bars or clubs. The main dilemma was how to get these guys with a very low budget. Because it is nearly impossible to drink while out without going to the toilet, the urinals in the men’s bathroom were transformed into an active reminder of the reduced ability to drive while being drunk. The stickers are placed in the most crowded bars in the center of Bucharest, with a total estimated clients of 2000/day.

The Drunk Driving Curse Of Lost Examined by Kevin Kelly

The Drunk Driving Curse Of Lost Examined by Kevin Kelly

http://io9.com/326490/the-drunk-driving-curse-of-lost-examined

What is it with the stars of TV’s Lost constantly getting nabbed for drunk driving? Is it yet another curse of the mysterious Island, or are conditions so boring in Hawaii that the actors just sit around with a bottle in hand when they aren’t filming?

Let’s assume for a moment that you’re one of the thousands of actors trying to make it in Hollywood, fighting daily for auditions, waiting tables by night, and hoping your big break will come along at any moment. Then suddenly you’re catapulted into fame and fortune and starring on a hit show that films in, of all places, a tropical paradise. Sounds fairly idyllic, so what would lead someone in that position to become a drunk-driving boozehound?

  • Daniel.jpgDaniel Dae Kim: Kim plays enigmatic Korean Jin-Soo on the show, and he’s the latest in a trio of Lost stars drinking their way to DUI charges. He’s also the first actor to actually fight his arrest in court. He pled not guilty on Friday to the charges from his October 25th arrest, which included a blood alcohol reading that was above the “highly intoxicated” level. We’re not sure what sort of evidence he’ll be presenting in his case, but look for plenty of black smoke and escape hatches.
  • Cynthia.jpgCynthia Watros: After playing one of the survivors from the tail section on the show, and later Hurley’s love interest, Cynthia was pulled over and arrested on the same day as fellow costar Michelle Rodriguez, although she was driving a separate vehicle. She plead guilty to driving under the influence, and was later killed off by Michael on the show via an “accidental” gunshot. Ka-blam. However, it looks like she’ll be returning this year, albeit in flashbacks and dream sequences. Don’t give up on Hurley getting some action just yet.
  • Michelle.jpgMichelle Rodriguez: Michelle played hothead L.A. cop Ana Lucia, and her problems onscreen mirrored some of her offscreen dramas, including an arrest for assault, a hit and run, and a previous DUI. After being arrested the same day as Cynthia Watros, she also plead guilty and was offed seconds before Cynthia was on the same episode. Coincidentally, the show where they both bit it was called “Two For The Road.” She’s back on the hot seat lately, having broken her probation. Chances are she’ll be serving more time before she appears in James Cameron’s Avatar.
  • We’re not sure if the monotonous days of filming are driving these actors to excess, or if it’s something darker and more mysterious. However, if we were betting people, we’d have to put money on Josh Holloway’s Sawyer as being the next to guzzle and gas. After all, it would be fitting for his character who has amassed quite a hoard of alcohol on the show. With the writer’s strike holding up filming, it might be causing everyone to catch Island fever.

Republished from Jalopnik

http://io9.com/326490/the-drunk-driving-curse-of-lost-examined

Don’t Drink & Drive

Tamper with the Breathalizer in your Car?

Think once your car is started that you are good to go?  Think again! The BAIID has a “running retest” at random intervals, requiring the driver to blow into it again while driving.  If the driver fails the running retest (meaning it is about .05) the vehicle will won’t stop dead in the middle of traffic, but it’s horn will begin to honk, alerting any passing officer to a possible violation of the law.  Likewise the BAIID will cause your car to honk if it detects any tampering or circumvention attempts.

Breathalizer in your Car

About the size of a cellphone, it requires the driver to blow into it before attempting to start the vehicle.  The BAIID (breathalizer) analyzes the amount of alcohol in the driver’s system and will not permit the vehicle to start if the amount exceeds a preset level – .025 in Illinois.  It also records activity, including when the driver has blown into it and what the BAC analysis showed.”

-Illinois Bar Journal

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