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New technology would test for marijuana in drivers

The DUI laws in Pennsylvania say that a person can be charged with and convicted of driving under the influence if they are found to have been behind the wheel with any amount of marijuana in their system. This is because marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I narcotic at the federal level, despite many states legalizing it for medical or recreational use. People in Pennsylvania should be aware of a new technology that may make it possible for law enforcement to determine marijuana impairment among drivers.

Report questions the validity of breath test evidence

Motorists in Pennsylvania and around the country who are charged with driving under the influence are usually taken into custody after breath tests reveal their blood alcohol concentrations to be .08% or higher, but questions have been raised about the reliability of toxicology evidence in drunk driving cases for years. A team of reporters from the New York Times recently investigated the way police departments in the United States conduct breath tests, and they found that most of the equipment used is extremely unreliable.

Are designated drivers a safe option?

If you are headed out for a night on the town, you may have designated a driver who will sustain from drinking and ensure everyone in your group gets home safely. While this may seem like a good game plan and a safe option to keep drivers you from drinking and driving, it is not always fool-proof. In fact, studies show that even designated drivers are not completely sober and may put others at risk of becoming involved in a drunk driving accident

What is the walk and turn test?

If you are like most people in Pennsylvania, you have seen plenty of movies or television shows in which a person is asked to perform different tests by a police officer in order to determine if the person was drunk while driving. Commonly referred to as field sobriety tests, there are three different tests that are standardized for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it is important to note that these tests do not and cannot prove that a driver is intoxicated. They can only indicate that a driver might be intoxicated.

Detailing how alcohol gets into your lungs

If there is one image that has become the universal symbol of drunk driving, it is a person standing on the side of the road blowing into a hand-held breath measurement device. You are likely aware that in most states (Pennsylvania included) the legal blood-alcohol content limit is .08. Yet one question that many who come to see us here at the Marros Law Office have after having been arrested for driving under the influence is why do authorities rely on the breath measurement to determine the alcohol content in the blood? 

Assessing the risks of underage DUI

Underage drinking is a problem much more prevalent than many people realize. While lawmakers in Pennsylvania have worked hard to intervene and prevent or reduce the risks, there are still plenty of stories about people getting hurt or worse yet, killed because of an incident where one or more of the participants were drunk. 

DUI charges for Pennsylvania school bus driver

A school bus driver in eastern Pennsylvania allegedly abandoned 26 students inside the bus at a gas station last Friday after reportedly driving erratically. Authorities have since arrested the 44-year-old woman for driving under the influence, in addition to charges of careless and reckless driving, as well as child endangerment. 

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