A Rhode Island man allegedly crashed into a police cruiser that was patrolling for drunk drivers. According to Turnto10.com, the Smithfield officer was part of Operation Rhode Island Blue Riptide, a group of law enforcement agencies working to decrease the number of drunk driving instances in the state.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a driving under the influence offense in Rhode Island, it will be important for you to fully understand the arrest and criminal defense process. Once you have been stopped by an officer for whatever reason, you may be asked to take certain tests if that officer suspects that you may be impaired by drugs or alcohol. These tests do not and cannot prove that you are intoxicated. However, they can provide legal support for an officer to place you under arrest for a DUI.
Rhode Island residents who may be preparing for a fun holiday weekend as the Fourth of July approaches should remember that the state's laws on drunk driving are tough and penalties may have long-lasting effects on their lives. Two drivers are learning this firsthand today after they were recently arrested for and charged with suspected driving under the influence in Westerly.
Many across Rhode Island and across the nation have heard of the DUI arrest of famed golfer, Tiger Woods, that happened near his home in Florida at the end of May. Woods blew a .000 on his Breathalyzer, according to The Atlantic, but issued a statement saying his erratic driving was due to “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications."
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.
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.
If you have been arrested for and charged with a suspected driving under the influence charge in Rhode Island, you can probably attest to the fear and uncertainty you felt when the officer or officers pulled you over. Many parts of that stop may be a blur to you as you were understandably scared and trying to figure out what was going to happen to you.
Have you ever heard people talk about field sobriety tests and wondered exactly what those things were? Well, you are not alone. Knowing what these tests are and what they are used to determine or allow is important for anyone who drives in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island residents may know that April is distracted driving awareness month but that does not mean that drivers will not need to watch out for officers and stops that may lead to other issues such as a drunk driving arrest. Even as April was imminent, one woman from Massachusetts learned this while driving southbound along a stretch of Route 295 in Rhode Island.
If you have ever wondered what might happen to you during a traffic stop and a police officer decides to test you for potential impairment, you are not alone. FieldSobrietyTests.org explains that there are a series of tests sanctioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that officers can use to help them gather information that may support them placing you under arrest for suspected drunk driving.