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.
A 35-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly struck three pedestrians while driving drunk. The incident occurred on Jan. 21 in southwest Roanoke, Virginia.
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.