What are per se laws?

It is no secret that if you choose to drive in Kentucky after you have been drinking, you could run into trouble. You may believe that you know your limits and that you are still capable and in control of all your faculties, but if your blood alcohol concentration is found to be over the legal limit you could be charged. This in turn could result in the revocation of your driver’s license, hefty fines or even time in prison.

The reason for this is that all states have laws in place known as per se laws. According to these rulings, anyone with a BAC that measures at 0.08 percent or higher is legally deemed to be intoxicated and can be charged with drunk driving if shown to have been operating a vehicle while affected.… Continue reading

Know your limits to avoid driving drunk

The roads of Kentucky see all too many dangerous drivers. Some go too fast, some pay too little attention and many drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This final group can often be the most dangerous as they may believe that they are safe to drive even though they are not. Furthermore, their intoxication cannot only make them slow to react but can also lead them to drive erratically and unpredictably.

Sadly, the biggest problem with this is that it puts everyone else on the road at risk. As this article on DUI penalties explains, it is important to know your limits and not to take any chances. However, no matter how careful you are personally, you could still find yourself at the mercy of an irresponsible driver.… Continue reading

Kentucky works to combat drunk driving

When drivers are impaired by an excessive blood alcohol concentration, it can have serious repercussions for them and those around them. As a result, authorities are constantly looking for ways to crack down on instances of drunk driving. Unfortunately many accidents still occur as a result of people driving while intoxicated and the costs can be high. Throughout the U.S. countless families are left struggling to adapt to the loss of a loved one in the wake of such accidents.

In Kentucky, Hopkinsville Police Department has chosen to fight back by participating in a campaign entitled Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The campaign, which is to involve high-profile events, aims to crack down on impaired driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that such campaigns can reduce fatalities from drunk driving by a possible 20 percent.… Continue reading

Drunk driving accidents increase around Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our independence and all the things that make our country great. For many, it’s also become a time for drunken revelry, which is perfectly fine when handled responsibly. Unfortunately, because of their impaired judgment, many end up driving while intoxicated over the holiday weekend and wind up killing themselves and others.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 79 people died in car accidents July 4 of 2012 — the last year data are available. Of those people who died in car accidents, 78 at minimum involved one driver or motorcyclist who had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more. What is disturbing is that it appears through this data that 2012 was not an anomaly.… Continue reading

Kentucky woman facing DUI charge after hitting school bus

Most people think of DUI arrests as stemming from the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, but there’s another form of impairment that can be just as damaging. Drunk driving accidents can just as easily be caused by perfectly legal prescription drugs. Medicines like benzodiazepines, pain killers and even less potent drugs can slow reaction times or even cause drivers to zone out.

One Kentucky woman is facing a charge of driving under the influence after her vehicle side-swiped a school bus—which was full of children at the time—in Harlan County. But she wasn’t drinking or using illegal drugs. She had taken Loratab, a pain killer and nerve medicine, both drugs that were prescribed to her.

She was driving around a curve that locals have dubbed “Dead Man’s Curve” and crossed over the center line, striking the school bus as it came around the turn in the opposite direction.… Continue reading

Drunk driver in Kentucky drives wrong way and causes accident

Drunk driving accidents continue to be an issue in Kentucky. Recently, an alleged drunk driver drove the wrong way and crashed head-on into a semi truck. The accident occurred on Interstate 71. It is reported that the accident caused another semi truck to drive off the road and into a ditch. The driver was accused of driving while intoxicated by alcohol, in addition to other charges.

The extent of the alleged drunk driver’s injuries is unknown, and no other injuries have been reported. However, the driver is also accused of assaulting an emergency responder while being carried through the back of the ambulance.

It is a lucky occurrence when a drunk driving accident does not cause any serious injuries, as often times they do.… Continue reading