Virginia motorists may face a more serious likelihood of a drunk driving arrest if the recommendations of a panel are enacted by the state. The federal government commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to make recommendations that could help to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents on the road. Each year, around 10,000 people lose their lives in such crashes across the country.
Virginia residents who drive with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit or who drive under the influence of drugs run the risk of being charged with a DUI. When a person is charged with a DUI for the first time, they may have many questions about what to expect. In most cases, when a person is arrested for a DUI, even if it is their first one, it's likely that they will spend some time in jail.
Veterans residing in Virginia who have received a DUI charge should be aware they are not alone. The American Addiction Centers released a study that showed drunk driving has spiked among the U.S. veteran population. Binge drinking was also found to be at an all-time high. The study concluded that post-traumatic stress disorder was a significant contributor to hazardous alcohol use.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on Nov. 26 after driving his car onto the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond and then attempting to flee the scene on foot. He was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time the incident occurred.
A 25-year-old Virginia man is facing a raft of charges including drunk driving after allegedly attempting to flee the scene of a traffic stop during the early morning hours of Nov. 3. Media accounts indicate that the Midland resident's secured bond has been set at $3,000 and he is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
A 25-year-old woman who had once appeared on a reality show produced by Lifetime is headed to prison after she entered guilty pleas for manslaughter, driving the wrong way and disobeying highway signage. A judge in a Virginia court sentenced her to 16 years because she had caused a fatal accident while intoxicated.
Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers kill 29 people every day in Virginia and around the country, and experts say that these crashes cost the United States economy about $44 billion each year. Efforts to curb drunk driving include powerful public information campaigns and stricter DUI penalties, but a growing number of road safety advocates are calling for the nationwide .08 percent blood alcohol concentration threshold for intoxication to be reduced to .05 percent. This would bring the United States into line with other developed countries and save about 1,800 lives each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
People in Virginia who follow professional baseball know that players sometimes get into trouble with authorities. Jayson Werth, who retired from the sport in June, was arrested at a traffic stop in April. The police officer reported that he stopped Werth for an expired registration. While conversing with Werth, the office became suspicious about the driver's sobriety.
Virginia football fans may be interested to learn that Los Angeles Rams center Aaron Neary was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Sept. 16. The incident took place in Simi Valley, California.
For drivers in Virginia, DUI charges can be serious at any age. However, they can be at their most severe for people who are arrested and charged with underage DUI. For people who are legally driving but not yet legally drinking because they are under the age of 21, DUI charges can be leveled even when the driver is under the legal limit of 0.08 percent BAC. Drivers with alcohol in their systems under the age of 21 are subject to a different legal regime that can put their driving privileges at risk.