Archive for March, 2009

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants tougher punishment for first-time DUI offenders.

A bill introduced by State Rep. Paul Clymer of Bucks County would mandate the installation of breathalyzers in the cars of first-time offenders, including those with a low blood alcohol concentration.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the legislation is a long time coming.

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It is being called a serious crack down on drunk drivers, and Governor Bobby Jindal is the one hoping to steer the change. 

But some believe his plan could cost you some of your civil liberties.

On Monday, Governor Jindal announced plans to slow down drunk driving in Louisiana, partly by changing state laws dealing with breathalyzer tests.

“The penalties are much more severe if you fail the test than if you refuse the test,” said Jindal.

Which is why, the governor argues, he now wants to make them one in the same.

Currently, refusing a breathalyzer test under suspicion of DWI can result in a 180 day suspension of your driver’s license. If it happens a second time, your license is suspended for 18 months. For your third offense, criminal penalties come into play, the very same ones you would face for a first DWI conviction: up to $1,0000 fine and a maximum of 6 months behind bars.

The governor wants to change all that, making the punishment for refusing a breathalyzer just as severe as failing the sobriety test.

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Shia LaBeouf is adjusting to life without a Driver’s License after being involved in a drunk driving accident in July 2008.

Although the 22 year old Transformers star wasn’t at fault in the accident that left his hands severely injured, he was charged with suspicion of DUI after he refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

His Driver’s License was revoked for a year, so now a professional driver is responsible for Shia’s transportation needs.

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The BACtrack Select S50 is a sleek-looking device that’s fairly new to the market.

Here’s the blurb from the manufacturer:

The BACtrack® Select S50 Breathalyzer is the latest addition to the BACtrack Breathalyzer Series. Launched in late 2008, the BACtrack Select S50 combines trusted sensor technology with a simple and easy-to-use design. Simply blow through the replaceable mouthpiece and an estimate of BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is displayed in seconds.

The S50 is quick, simple, accurate, and perfect for testing one’s own BAC level or checking others. It can be used in a wide variety of settings including law enforcement screening, hospital/clinical test applications, and for personal use.

Key Features

Three digit display shows BAC test results in easily recognizable format from 0.00 to 0.40 %BAC
Proprietary FlowCheck™ feature ensures that a deep lung air sample is achieved on every breath sample
Individually wrapped mouthpieces suitable for personal and professional use
Elegant ruby-red LED; Great for low light situations
Full One-Year Warranty and trusted BACtrack brand

BACtrack Select S50 Kit Includes

S50 Breathalyzer
Soft Carrying Pouch
6 Mouthpieces
2 AA Batteries
User Guide
One Year Warranty