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Feds Work to Push Legal Intoxication Limit to 0.05

November 7th, 2013 at 9:34 am

ntsb-bac-limit-illinoisAccording to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that the legal drinking limit should be lowered from 0.08 to 0.05. This has been very controversial and has met some opposition.

The research center of the NTSB has what has been revealed as the most sophisticated driving simulator in the whole world. Test drivers drink vodka or other types of alcohol and try to drive.

They have the task of driving a Chevrolet Malibu into a metal pod large enough to house two vehicles.Using this testing method, researchers collect data based on a sober person, a person who has had just a couple of drinks, against a person who has had several more drinks than that.

It is the mission of the agency to prove a marked difference in a sober person and a person that is performing at a 0.05 level of intoxication. The NTSB chairwoman stated that this change in policy could save as many as 1,000 lives every year. She calls the nation’s problem with drunk drivers an epidemic.

However, in the wake of this new research and recommendation, many people are voicing their concern as to whether an impairment level of 0.05 is worthy of charges of criminal negligence. These people are also asking: how does this level of impairment differ from driving while talking on the phone, fatigue, or even old age? Experts have even stated that driving sleepy can be worse than driving under the influence. The question here is would it be fair to criminally charge a person for being sleepy?

Upon making this recommendation in May, the NTSB representatives noted that more than 100 countries currently have a legal intoxication limit of 0.05. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, an experienced Illinois DUI attorney can provide representation for your case.

Illinois Man Faces DUI Charges for Passing Out in Vehicle

November 5th, 2013 at 10:12 am

illinois-passed-out-duiAccording to the Palos Patch, Palos Heights police were dispatched on a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. This call led to the arrest of 26-year-old Nikola Zecevic.

When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they observed Zecevic asleep in his vehicle. When police woke him up, he displayed signs of being intoxicated. He allegedly failed all of the field sobriety tests and he was given a breathalyzer, which showed that he had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. He was arrested for DUI and he was given a bond of $3,000.00.

In this case, although he was not driving the vehicle at the time, a provision of the law known as care and control comes into play. If the intoxicated person is sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, he is control of the car. Some people are under the misconception that if the keys are not in the ignition, there can be no charges. Upon going to court, the person charged or his Illinois DUI lawyer has to prove that the person had no intention on driving the vehicle.

Another misconception is that sitting in the back seat of the vehicle to sleep it off will deem you safe from prosecution. This is also not true. At any moment, in an intoxicated state, you may change your mind and decide that you can drive home. It does not matter whom the car belongs to or where the car is.

Therefore, if you decide to park in front of your own home and you pass out before you can make it inside, you can be arrested. If you decided to leave your drunken friend in the car to let him get some sleep because you don’t feel like carrying him, he can be arrested.

The safest way to go is to have a designated driver when you know you will be drinking or leave the car at home. If you are someone you know is in need of an experienced Illinois DUI attorney, contact Ramsell & Associates, LLC, by calling 1-800-DIAL-DUI.

National Board Considers Changing Legal BAC Limit

September 10th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Timothy Brown, a senior research associate at the National Advanced Driving Simulator in Iowa, according to the Chicago Tribune, “has put hundreds of drunken drivers behind the wheel.” His job is to simulate and then gather research regarding drunk drivers, to “better understand the difference in driving abilities of someone who is sober, someone who has had a few drinks, and someone who has had a few more drinks.” His work is especially timely, according to the Tribune, as the National Transportation Safety Board has recently announced that it is considering lowering the legal limit of blood alcohol intoxication from .08 to .05. National Board Considers Changing Legal BAC Limit IMAGE

Labor Day Weekend, which just passed, is one of the busiest weekends of the year for drunk driving arrests. This is largely because it’s one of the busiest times of the year for people on the roads: according to the Tribune, an estimated 30 million drivers were out on American highways and byways for the holiday weekend this year. Holiday weekends mean celebrations, and a large number of revelers celebrate with alcohol. Because of this, the Tribune cited that authorities were on high alert for “those who attempt the potentially dangerous mix of drinking and driving. But what constitutes dangerous driving is once again up for debate.”

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman told the Tribune that drunk (or impaired) driving was a “national epidemic.” Research, according to the Tribune, “suggests that lowering the legal limit of intoxication to .05 could save 500 to 1,000 lives a year.” Yet critics of changing the limit argue that slight alcohol impairment—two glasses of wine at a dinner party, a large beer at a sporting event—doesn’t differ much from “impairment caused by drowsiness, cellphone use, medication, aging” and other conditions.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, regardless of what level your blood alcohol content was measured, don’t go through it alone. The most important first step is to contact a dedicated Chicago-area DUI attorney today.

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