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May 2017 Archives

Field sobriety tests not 100 percent accurate

If you are one of the Rhode Island drivers who have been arrested for and charged with a driving under the influence offense, you understandably want to learn about your options for a defense. Many people may assume that the tests used by police officers, sheriffs or other law enforcement officials are bullet proof. However, this is not true. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the three field sobriety tests used at the location of a drunk driving arrest stop each have different accuracy levels but none are 100-percent accurate.

College students have a lot at stake when arrested for DUI

The administrations of many colleges and universities take seriously the dangers of alcohol use. In fact, it is common for institutes of higher learning to have dry campuses, meaning that, even if you are legally old enough to drink, you may not do so on school grounds, including in your dorm room.

Ignition interlock devices used to prevent repeat DUIs

In an effort to keep the roads safe, Rhode Island allows steep consequences for those who are convicted of DUIs. According to WPRI, it has been two years since ignition interlock devices became one of the ways judges are able to punish DUI offenders. The devices operate like breathalyzer tests, and before a drive is able to start the car they have to blow into the device and show a blood-alcohol content of lower than .02 in order for the ignition to turn on. The state’s legal limit is .08 blood-alcohol concentration. Judges are able to restrict those convicted of a DUI to only drive cars that are equipped with an ignition interlock device.

Lawmakers debate recreational marijuana bill

This year, lawmakers in Rhode Island once again debated the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. According to WPRI 12, lawmakers have been debating this issue each year since 2011 without coming to a vote. Since Massachusetts recently passed recreational marijuana laws, with stores opening as soon as July 2018, many supporters want to pass a law so as not to lose out on the tax revenue stores in Rhode Island could provide.

Mix up between miles and kilometers nets man a speeding ticket

It may be difficult to find anyone in Newport who has not, at one time or another, been asked that all-too-familiar question of “Do you know what the speed limit is on this road” by a law enforcement officer. The range of reasons one may have for speeding may be extensive, ranging from being late for work or an appointment, to simply being unfamiliar with the area. Misinterpreting a speed limit might seem like another of the many excuses people may cite. Yet in some cases, it may legitimately be true.

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