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3 Indiana counties top nation in DUI fatalities

Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties here in Indiana have the dubious distinction of being the top in the nation for drunk driving fatalities. According to a recent review by the newspaper in Munster, 140 of the 373 fatal crashes in these counties (between 2010-2014) involved drunk driving. This is 35 percent, which is considerably higher than the rest of the state’s average of 25 percent and the national average of 28 percent.

Supreme Court Judge nominee's comments about drinking scrutinized

It is fun to tell stories about crazy college shenanigans. It can be just trading stories in-between classes or sitting around with friends. Those stories, however, can be used by public speakers for light-hearted asides speaking to large groups of alumni or professionals.

Binge drinking no longer ends after college

Many remember (or don’t) the crazy times they had in college. Unfortunately, major binge drinking in young adulthood has proven to lead to such issues as drug and tobacco use, alcoholism, alcohol poisoning, liver damage, accidental injury or death, and even alterations to the developing brain structure.

'Weed breathalyzer' to be tested by several cities this fall

When it comes to marijuana-impaired driving, everyone agrees that a fairer test is needed. When marijuana was illegal nationwide, it made some sense to have a so-called "per se" rule. If a properly performed test found marijuana in your system, you were considered guilty.

When does OWI become a felony?

The penalties for drunk driving are severe, and increase with the number of times that individuals are charged. Generally speaking, the first few OWI convictions will be considered a misdemeanor. That can change to a felony, however, which may result in a more severe punishment, including a prison sentence that can range from 6 months to 20 years. It also leads to higher fines, lengthier probations and other potential penalties. While OWI laws vary, there are some general guidelines.

Researchers say Breathalyzer has flaws

Anyone who is pulled over on suspicion of DUI or OWI knows the drill. While the officer will often ask a series of questions, it often inevitably ends with the driver taking a Breathalyzer, blood or urine test. The most popular roadside test is the breath test with a Breathalyzer, which has been used as evidence in more than one million DUI convictions in America each year. If the officer suspects that the driver is driving while above the legal blood alcohol concentration limit of .08 percent, they can use implied consent to force driver to take this test and then use it as evidence against the driver.

Does Indiana law incentivize drunk drivers to flee the scene?

Drunk driving is always a risky business. You might leave the bar after a few too many drinks and manage to make it home without getting caught. However, you might get pulled over and arrested, ending up with a suspended license, a few hundred dollars in fines and even serving up to a year in jail. Worse still, you run the risk of getting into an accident—and injuring or even killing someone else. If you kill another person while intoxicated behind the wheel, you’re now facing far more serious felony charges.

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