A recent study claims that both binge drinking and drunk driving have increased in recent years among veterans. Veterans in Pennsylvania should pay attention to the change in drinking habits and driving while intoxicated.
There were 16 people taken into custody at a sobriety checkpoint in York County on Nov. 23. The checkpoint took place at the business loop of Interstate 83. While the majority were taken into custody for DUI, police say that they found meth and drug packing materials in one of the vehicles. They also said that there was a stolen gun found and that one person was found with five grams of marijuana.
Medical marijuana has been legalized in many states, including Pennsylvania. The penalties for driving under the influence remain the same. However, federal traffic safety officials have called for the government to do more to control the problem of driving while impaired by drugs.
Regular folks tend to believe there appears to be a double standard when it comes to famous people and law enforcement. It's not enough that celebrities and Pennsylvania professional athletes have significant financial resources to handle anything that comes along, but they also seem to receive the benefit of the doubt and perhaps even preferential treatment by star-struck police officers. The truth, however, may be somewhat different.
Although the Steelers and Eagles dominate Pennsylvania's professional football landscape, a player out west made headlines of his own on Sunday off the field. At about 6:27 p.m. on Sept. 16, calls were made to 911 about a vehicle that had run into mailboxes, trash cans and a bus stop sign in Simi Valley. The vehicle did not stop after colliding into those objects.
Pennsylvania residents may recall recent media reports about the actor Vince Vaughn being taken into custody by police in California for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The 48-year-old actor was also cited for obstruction when he allegedly refused to cooperate with police officers or exit his vehicle after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint during the early morning hours of June 10. Prosecutors announced on Sept. 7 that Vaughn has now been charged with misdemeanor DUI and faces the prospect of almost a year behind bars if convicted.
Police in Pennsylvania believe that a 32-year-old Newtown woman was intoxicated when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Bucks County during the early morning hours of Aug. 6. The woman was formally charged with driving under the influence on Aug. 20 after toxicology test results allegedly confirmed that she was impaired at the time. Reports indicate that she is due to appear before a Newtown magistrate on Oct. 1.
A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 55 days in jail for violating his probation in a 2014 DUI case. The violation occurred in 2015 when the man crashed his 2006 Mazda 6 near Pittsburgh. A 23-year-old passenger died in the accident, and the man was charged with vehicular manslaughter. In the 2014 case, authorities say that the man had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent when he got into an accident in Stafford.
A 50-year-old Pennsylvania man with multiple DUI convictions dating back to the 1990s was taken into custody on July 25 after he ran a red light. The incident occurred in Lower Saucon Township, and he was detained after performing poorly on field coordination exercises. He is facing DUI charges, and officers say his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.
A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing drunk driving and drug possession and distribution charges stemming from a routine traffic stop in Northampton County on the afternoon of July 5. Pennsylvania State Police troopers say that the Easton resident's car was pulled over in Williams Township for an expired registration. Reports indicate that the man's bail has been set at $100,000 and he is being held at the Northampton County Prison.