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February 2015 Archives

More BUI law craziness: 'tubing under influence' may be allowed

While the following story doesn't have to do with the laws of Rhode Island, it still brings up a very interesting conversation about boating under the influence -- and, mainly, how it seems that any water-related activity is under attack of DUI and BUI laws.

5th DUI could lead to very harsh punishment for accused man

Last week, a car plowed into a snow bank in Glocester, Rhode Island. The driver appeared to be alright, but when the police arrived at the scene they had a suspicion that the man was intoxicated. As it turned out, the man was. He refused a breath test -- something you shouldn't do -- and failed a field sobriety test. The police eventually took him in and his bail was set at a staggering $100,000.

Take a breath (literally) in the wake of a DUI

Let's say that you get behind the wheel of a car after you've had a few too many drinks. You shouldn't make this decision under any circumstance -- but you do it anyway. As you are driving home, the police pull you over because you were swerving all over the road. You instantly begin thinking of ways to get out of what you assume will be a DUI, and you quickly land on your strategy: you'll just refuse the breath test. Simple, easy, and it can't fail.

NFL star gets probation, chance at expungement after 2014 DUI

Many Rhode Island residents may not know who Le'Veon Bell is. The star running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested on DUI charges last year, and recently his case was settled, leading to a period of probation, the suspension of his license for two months and entrance into a rehabilitation program.

Boater arrested on suspicion of operating boat while intoxicated

While the following story is not local, it still presents the chance to discuss boating under the influence and the many ramifications this charge can have on the people who are accused of committing the offense.

MADD report isn't exactly flattering for Rhode Island

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released a report recently about how every state in the United States i doing when it comes to drunk driving prevention. Unfortunately for us here in Rhode Island, our state was recognized as one of the worst states in the union in this regard. Only Montana scored as low as Rhode Island in this report by MADD.

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