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

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

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