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Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving

Drunk driving is treated like a terrible crime, and in some ways, that's understandable. Obviously the act of getting behind the wheel when you are not sober is negligent, and the person responsible for such an act shouldn't have done it. However, this doesn't mean these individuals aren't entitled to their defense, nor does it mean they don't have a case. In addition, compared to other actions that people perform while driving, drunk driving leads to extremely excessive punishment.

A prime example of this is drowsy driving. Did you know that people who are drowsy cause at least 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? And yet drowsy driving isn't met with hefty fines, jail time, loss of license or some sort of ignition device.

Firefighters save 1 in fatal boating accident

Usually when you hear about a boating accident, you don't expect there to be any good news in the story. Even in the following story, this is only partially true -- but the heroism displayed by some firefighters to save the life of a man whose boat capsized is something to savor in regards to boating accidents.

The boat capsized off of Staten Island in New York, where two men -- and 84-year-old and an 82-year-old -- were fishing. Unfortunately, the 84-year-old man died in the boating accident. But the 82-year-old man was saved by firefighters after a nearby boat saw the capsize happen and called in a "mayday."

Under Rhode Island law, what are the penalties of a DWI?

It may not seem like it, but there are many different types of DWIs under Rhode Island law -- and the penalties associated with the offenses vary as well. So what are the types of DWIs in Rhode Island and what are the penalties associated with them?

To begin, Rhode Island considers a person to be driving while intoxicated if their blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds 0.08. But there are two other ways that someone can get a DWI or DWI variant. If you are underage, there is a "zero tolerance" measure that mandates a DWI if you have a BAC that exceeds 0.02. There is also an enhanced (or aggravated) DWI that comes into effect if any driver has a BAC that exceeds 0.15.

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