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Changes To The 2013 NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Manual

There is a new NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test training manual and it is significantly changed from prior versions.  Included is the new focus of law enforcement on impairing drugs.  The new information lays the groundwork for full implementation of the Drug Recognition Expert protocol now making its way into Ohio law. This article will focus on the changes in a format that follows the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test training manual text, session by session.  Full versions of the NHTSA DUI training manual are available at various sources on the internet.  This article incorporates the work of various authors and...

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Bloodshot and Glassy Eyes Are Not Clues of Impairment

In almost every DUI I have encountered, the arresting officer has indicated that the alleged drunk driver had "bloodshot" or "glassy" eyes.  We challenge the officer by pointing out that he has never seen the defendant before and has no idea whether or not the defendant was engaging in activity that would logically cause bloodshot eyes (fatigue, being in a smoky environment, etc.).  This would usually end cross-examination on this issue and the officer would be able to establish an important factor in deciding whether or not to remove the driver for standardized field sobriety testing. (Phase II of the...

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Flying While Impaired: Pilots’ DUI Reporting Requirements

Representing a pilot is one of the most specialized areas of DUI (drunk driving) practice.  Often, even if the pilot avoids a DUI conviction, consequences may still exist based on the fact that the pilot refused a breath test or blew over the legal limit.  Charles M. Rowland II has represented members of the military, military and civilian pilots, law enforcement, paramedics/EMTs and other who face a career-ending DUI charge.  Military pilots and private pilots face strict rules imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.).  We protect your pilot's license. If you are a pilot charged with drunk driving you...

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Click It Or Ticket Set To Begin

Just as the swallows return every year to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, California, so to does the return spring bring us "Click -it or Ticket."  Click It or Ticket is a nationwide seat belt enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the number of highway fatalities and injuries due to non-seat-belt use. The mobilization is conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, State Highway Safety Offices, and traffic safety advocates.  This year the Click-it-or-Ticket kick-off will be at Dayton's Dragon Stadium at 220 N Patterson Blvd, May 14, 2012.  The Montgomery...

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DADSS Will Search You Every Time You Get In Your Car

Within the next few years you may be required to give a breath sample or have your skin scanned in order to operate your car.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing a technology called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS).  The $10 million research program is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety.  The development of DADSS has been the main legislative and lobbying effort of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the past few years.  Due to their efforts they have garnered the buy-in of car manufacturers...

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Distracted Driving or Drunk Driving?

Often, an officer's testimony of erratic driving is the most devastating piece of evidence against a person charged with DUI.  Just as often, DUI defense attorneys will overlook this evidence or make the decision not to cross examine on the issue, lest attention of the bad driving be highlighted before the jury.  This article will examine ways to attack "bad driving" and place it in a proper context so that the jury will see the defendant's actions as normal.Distracted driving has become a major issue in America.  Newer cars are loaded with complex audio systems, compact disc changers, navigation systems,...

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Speed Does Not Cause Accidents

Image via WikipediaAs lawmakers around the country continue to consider speed limit enforcement as the primary traffic safety measure, the most comprehensive examination of accident causation in thirty years suggests this focus on speed may be misplaced. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated 5,471 injury crashes that took place across the country between July 3, 2005 and December 31, 2007. Unlike previous studies automatically generated from computerized data found in police reports, researchers in this effort were dispatched to accident scenes before they were cleared. This allowed a first-hand comparison...

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