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.
A woman who once appeared on a reality TV show produced by the Lifetime cable network awaits her sentencing in jail after a fatal crash that happened in November 2017. She entered guilty pleas for manslaughter, DUI, disobeying traffic signs and driving the wrong way. According to the Virginia State Police, she drove a 2011 Cadillac the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 264 and struck a 2009 Mazda.
Virginia fans of Vince Vaughn may be interested to learn that the actor was recently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Reports indicate that the he was detained at a DUI checkpoint on June 10 at approximately 12:30 a.m. in Southern California. According to media sources, the actor has not released any statements on the charges.
A Virginia man is facing drunk driving charges after allegedly leading deputies from the Stafford County Sheriff's Office on a high-speed vehicle chase on U.S. 17 and Interstate 95 and then fleeing on foot. The incident took place on April 30.
Police in Virginia say that 29-year-old woman was distracted and drunk when her vehicle was involved in an accident in Chesterfield County on the afternoon of March 6. The woman, who works as an elementary school teacher, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for following the vehicle ahead too closely and texting while driving. A breath test conducted about two hours after the accident is said to have measured the woman's blood alcohol level at .23 percent. That is almost three times the .08 percent legal limit.
On March 7, a Virginia woman was sentenced to five years in prison for striking and injuring two bicyclists in a drunk driving accident in May 2017. She pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI with maiming in November.
A bill allowing Virginia residents to drive while under the influence on their own property was killed in the state House. The bill had originally failed to get out of committee in the Senate, but it was reconsidered in February. After passing through committee, it was approved 37-3. However, while in the House Courts of Justice subcommittee, it encountered resistance from a variety of traffic safety advocates.
Virginia fans of outspoken talk show host Steve Wilkos may be surprised to learn he is changing his story about a recent car crash. In January, Wilkos suspended production of his popular television show after being injured in a single-vehicle accident in Connecticut. At the time, Wilkos said he had been driving without his prescription eyeglasses and lost control while attempting to reach for them. New details have resulted in a change to the story as the 53-year-old host now admits to drinking and driving on the day of the incident.
Many people in Virginia and across the United States are well aware of the dangers of drunk driving and the impact that alcohol can have on someone's ability to operate a car successfully. The effect of alcohol on driving is reflected in the well-known uptick in fatal car accidents that happens every year on Super Bowl Sunday and New Year's Eve, two occasions known for alcohol consumption and partying. As cannabis is legalized for medical and recreational use in a growing number of states across the country, there has also been an increase in attention on driving while under the influence of pot. It has been noted that April 20 each year - the marijuana holiday often called 4/20 - has a slight increase in fatal accidents on an ongoing basis.
Virginia motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs are subject to some to the strictest DUI laws in the country. If they are convicted of a DUI charge, they risk being incarcerated and assessed court fines. A conviction can also negatively affect how much they have to pay for their vehicle insurance and whether they can obtain a security clearance.