Blood Alcohol Tests Archives

How do blood alcohol content tests measure intoxication?

Those who are accused of intoxicated driving generally know that charges of this nature are very serious. Law enforcement uses several methods to determine a person's level of sobriety. These include field sobriety tests and blood alcohol content (BAC) tests. The latter category may seem intimidating, so it is important for those in New York to have an idea of how they work and what they may mean to a person's case.

New York cite illegal blood alcohol content as factor in crash

Drunk driving charges can result in drastic changes in a person's life. If the person is convicted, he or she may be incarcerated or have to pay heavy fines, in addition to other potential punishment. A New York man stands accused of causing a serious traffic accident, and police say they have reason to believe that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash due to his measured blood alcohol content.

3 truck drivers lose CDL privileges for high risk driving

In order to operate a commercial truck in interstate commerce a driver must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that has authority to terminate a CDL when a driver in New York or other states poses an imminent risk to public safety. Recently, the FMCSA declared three truck drivers to be hazards to public safety, revoking their CDL's and terminating their interstate privileges.

NTSB urges lowering the BAC for drunk driving from .08 to .05

The National Transportation Safety Board has just released a new recommendation that states should lower the blood alcohol content allowed in drivers before they can be charged with drunk driving. The current allowable level, .08 percent, was passed state by state in the 1970s and 1980s from a previous level of .10. Now, the NTSB wants to lower that even more to .05 percent.

Supreme Court: warrantless blood alcohol tests unconstitutional

This week, in a decision that could have a major impact on those suspected of driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot compel suspects to undergo blood tests without a warrant. While a DWI blood test refusal, like a breath test refusal, could still result in the loss of your driver's license, the new ruling means that police cannot force you to submit to the test.

Giants lineman Diehl fitted with SCRAM bracelet after DWI plea

"Did you drive a car while you were intoxicated?" a Queens Criminal Court judge asked New York Giants offensive player David Diehl at his DWI hearing last week.

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