Don't be arrested for DUI during March Madness or spring break

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The months of March and April are filled with fun events in the state of Arizona. Unfortunately, many of these fun events involve the drinking of alcoholic beverages. With the St. Patrick’s holiday now in the books for another year, spring break and the March Madness basketball tournament will likely result in plenty of persons being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.

Emotion detector may improve driving safety

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

It's possible that alcohol-detection technology that could eventually become standard equipment in all new motor vehicles. Yet, scientists based in Switzerland are working on the development of technology that could gauge the emotional state of mind of an individual before they take the wheel.

Arizona law enforcement tries to become more social in its approach

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Social media has been around since humans began to talk. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word social is "of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society. Media is also a plural form of medium and a medium is a particular form or system of communication."

Keep the legal Arizona drinking age at 21 years-old

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

While the legal drinking age in the state of Arizona remains at 21, a high number of high school and college students continue to ignore state law. Some people have argued that limiting access to alcoholic beverages can be repressive, leading to over-consumption, binge-drinking, accidents and other alcohol-related deaths, particularly those caused by driving under the influence (DUI).

States urged to reduce BAC level to 0.05

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 07, 2014 | 0 Comments

If it the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) gets it's way, individuals in the state of Arizona who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) upon driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.05 percent will have their driver's license suspended for a period of 90 days upon conviction for a first offense.

Being proactive is important after an arrest for DUI

Posted by Craig Penrod | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Should you be facing an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), it is important not to waste time regarding your legal defense. There are three aspects of a DUI case where it is best to be proactive. This may help you as the accused in a DUI case and it may help your DUI lawyer to prepare a better defense regarding the charges you are facing.

Cops can ignore field sobriety tests, if suspect passes them

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

It goes without saying that if you drink, you shouldn't drive. In the state of Arizona, if you are over the age of 21, it is not illegal to drive after drinking, however, driving after drinking an unknown amount of alcohol is illegal. In fact, it could lead to an arrest on the charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

Eliminate distraction to reduce transportation accidents and save lives

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Operating personnel in every major mode of transportation, highway, aviation, railroad, marine and pipeline are required to have skills that allow them to use their equipment safely and effectively. These skills depend upon several human capabilities, such as cognitive attention and decision-making, visual recognition and identification, and manual motor skills for quick and accurate responses.

Will Arizona outlaw the use of Google Glass while driving?

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Google glasses are now a reality. For those who don't know, Google Glass are glasses that are a head-mounted computer that allows you to do many functions hands-free with voice commands. You can use internet, take photos and video, get directions, send a message, obtain weather and flight information, and even use a Google+ hang out.

Is that diet you are on causing false breathalyzer readings?

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

As you know, breath testing equipment used to investigate cases of driving under the influence (DUI) does not measure the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in your system. Breathalyzers actually measure the presence of the methyl group in chemical compounds within your body. One of those compounds, ethanol, when detected by the breath testing machine simply assumes that the detected compound is ethyl alcohol.

Applying to college with a juvenile arrest record

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

For most teenagers, the final year of high school means parties and looking forward to attending college or employment. For some high school seniors or even juniors, applying to a college can result in stress and anxiety, especially if the college application materials included the mention of a criminal record.

NTSB wants to eliminate substance-impaired driving

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Critical changes needed in the state of Arizona in order to reduce transportation accidents and save lives. More people die on our highways than in any other type of transportation accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 90 percent, 33,561 in 2012, of all transportation-related deaths were motor vehicle related.

DUI…there’s an app for that

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) is one of those life altering events. Plus, a DUI conviction has the potential to cost a person a number of privileges. Fortunately, due to the advancements of technology a smartphone may be able to help you avoid a DUI in advance of such an event. Although the best way to avoid DUI is to avoid drinking and driving, there are applications (apps) may assist a person in making the best decision when a person is impaired.

The NTSB has announced its Most Wanted List for 2014

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its advocacy priorities, what the federal agency calls it's “Most Wanted List” for 2014. The NTSB said the list is designed "to increase awareness of, and support for, priority areas designed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives."

Circadian rhythm may play a role in field sobriety tests

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most driving under the influence (DUI) arrests take place at night, many of them during traffic stops well after midnight in Tempe, Phoenix or other communities in Maricopa County. It is well known that many law enforcement officers engage in a process often referred to as "cherry picking," which is the practice of staking out bars and restaurants starting about 10 p.m. to "closing time" at around 2 a.m. and then pulling cars over on some pretext as patrons proceed to drive to their next destination.

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