April 2013 Archives

Baltimore forced to void 6,000 camera tickets. Is New York next?

The City of Baltimore has been forced to dismiss as many as 6,000 tickets sent after drivers were allegedly caught running red lights or speeding by traffic cameras in August or September of last year. The reason? The evidence prosecutors need to prove the traffic violations was apparently lost during the city's transition to a new vendor.

Witherspoon's husband feels awful after drunk driving dustup

In the early morning hours last Friday, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon's husband and agent was pulled over in Atlanta on suspicion of drunk driving. What happened during that DWI arrest has gotten both the actress and her husband a great deal of media attention.

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.

DOT: Marijuana use always a trucking violation, even where legal

With a number of states legalizing marijuana for either medical or recreational use, the question has come up among commercial drivers whether legal use of marijuana is still a trucking violation. Particularly since the state of Colorado is considering a blood-THC level that will be considered legal for driving, the federal Department of Transportation recently issued a policy notice on the subject.

Do red light cameras reduce traffic violations or increase wrecks?

Although 592 communities across the nation have them, traffic cameras are increasingly coming under fire from critics -- and not just the ones caught by them. The cameras were first used to send tickets to cars they observed running red lights, but many are now used to monitor drivers for speeding and other traffic violations.

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