Virginia motorists who are concerned about drunk driving may be interested to know that a report was commissioned by the government to address how to prevent the 10,000 annual deaths that result from such behavior. The panel, which consisted of members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, offered multiple suggestions, including making the blood-alcohol concentration threshold significantly lower, from .08 to .05.
Virginia residents familiar with Bam Margera likely know him best for his leading roles in the hit MTV show 'Jackass" and its spinoff series 'Viva La Bam," but the reality television star made headlines that he may regret on Jan. 8 when he charged with drunk driving in California. Reports indicate that officers with the California Highway Patrol ordered the television star to pull over in Los Angeles County after observing him using a cellphone while behind the wheel at about 8:00 a.m.
Country music fans in Virginia and around the country may have learned about Michael Ray when his ballad 'Kiss You in the Morning" reached the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015. The 29-year-old singer is seen as a rising star, but his reputation suffered a blow during the early morning hours of Dec. 20 when he was taken into custody by police in his home state of Florida on drug possession and drunk driving charges.
In Virginia and throughout the rest of the county, multiple accidents per day are caused by drinking alcohol and driving, and many of them are fatal. In order to reduce the incidents of impaired driving deaths and injuries, the White House proclaimed on Nov. 30 that the month of December would be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation aims to encourage drivers to make the right choice and only drive while sober.
With the holidays approaching in Virginia and elsewhere, law enforcement will be out in force to keep impaired drivers from operating a motor vehicle on public streets. The White House has also set the word out concerning the dangers of impaired driving by recently declaring December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Awareness Month.
Country music fans in Virginia might soon have access to the drunk driving traffic stop video of Randy Travis. The legal efforts of the Grammy Award-winning singer to prevent the public release of video of his arrest in 2012 appear to be failing. The supreme court in the state where the traffic stop occurred denied the family's petition, and a federal judge has turned away a preliminary injunction request. The attorney for the Country Music Hall of Fame artist plans to appeal the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
The attorney representing Rose McGowan in a widely publicized, felony drug possession case entered a not guilty plea on the "Charmed" star's behalf in a Virginia courtroom on Nov. 16. The plea came two days after the 44-year-old actress surrendered herself to authorities in response to an arrest warrant obtained on Feb. 1 by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Airline staff contacted police in January when two packages of white powder were found in a wallet that had been left on a plane. Police say that subsequent toxicology tests established that the substance was cocaine.
Virginia fans of the television show "Shameless" may be interested in learning that Ethan Cutkosky was taken into custody on Nov. 2 for driving under the influence. The 18-year-old was stopped in Burbank, California, after he was seen straddling the lane and driving unsafely at about 10:30 p.m.
On Nov. 15, a Virginia man who was on the Henrico County School Board was convicted on drunk driving charges. The man was originally stopped around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5 after a state trooper saw him driving in two lanes.
Virginia drivers may be interested to learn that, on Nov. 3, Fetty Wap was taken into custody in New York after he was accused of drag-racing and drunk driving. The rapper was allegedly spotted cruising at speeds of over 100 miles per hour by authorities.