Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Internationally, only a handful of countries, including Canada, the United States and England, have a BAC limit of .08 while most of the …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Brennan pleads guilty to DUI and simple assault but gets probation for simple assault.
Thursday, January 3
A Lehigh County judge sentenced former State Representative Joe Brennan to a mandatory 90 days in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alchohol. Judge Maria Dantos also sentenced Brennan to 18 months' probation for simple assault stemming from the same incident when he struck his wife on Aug. 15 at their Fountain Hill home before driving away drunk. His blood-alcohol content measured 0.22 percent. The state's legal limit is 0.08 percent. Brennan, who must also pay a $1,500 fine, will begin serving his sentence Monday in Lehigh County Prison. Assistant District Attorney Stephen VanNatten said Brennan's wife, who did not attend the sentencing, did not want her husband to serve time in prison…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Check out this DUI chart to make sure you stay safe on the road this new year's ever
When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content. A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. Pennsylvania's legal limit is 0.08. According to the Virginia Tech Alcohol Abuse Prevention website, every 40 minutes, 0.01 percent of alcohol leaves your system. Check out the chart in the media portion of this article to see what your limit is. And remember, how you feel also depends on your alcohol tolerance. Remember: If you choose to drink, have a designated driver.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Pennsylvania State Police at Bethlehem announced that they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Lehigh or Northampton County the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The holiday season is around the corner, and it's a reality that drinking and driving is often more prevalent at that time. So it's perhaps not a coincidence that Pennsylvania State Police at Bethlehem are planning to conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Lehigh or Northampton County the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Police announced their planned DUI checkpoint in a press release Nov. 13. "The goal of a sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related fatal and serious crashes, and to reduce the number of DUI drivers on Pennsylvania's highways," police said. State troopers will systematically stop vehicles at the selected checkpoint location "to briefly observe drivers for articulable facts and/or behaviors …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
A New Jersey driver stopped on I-78 faces charges of DUI and driving with a suspended or revoked license, state police say.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, October 6, 2012
A woman from Edgewater, N.J. was stopped on I-78 near the Summit Lawn Exit and charged with drunken driving, careless driving and driving with a suspended or revoked license, state troopers said. State police at Fogelsville got a report that a Land Rover was seen traveling in an erratic manner on Interstate 78 Eastbound near Route 100 about 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 16, according to court records. A trooper began following the Land Rover, which he reportedly clocked at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. He pulled the Land Rover over between the Lehigh Street exit and the Summit Lawn exit and found that the driver, Sashi Mielle Llera, 33, had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol, the court records said. The trooper gave her field sobriety tests and a …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Linda Colosimo, after driving into a curb, was found in her vehicle with two bottles of wine in the passenger seat, police say.
A Coopersburg woman was charged with DUI and careless driving after striking a curb with her vehicle, leaving it parked to purchase two bottles of alcohol at Wine & Spirits in the Promenade Shops in Upper Saucon Township, according to a criminal complaint. Linda Colosimo, 62, was found inside her vehicle. She appeared unresponsive when a witness attempted to wake her, the complaint says. Moments later, she awoke and attempted to drive her vehicle, striking a curb after pulling out. She then allegedly parked and entered Wine & Spirits. Upper Saucon Township police, responding to a call of a possible drunken driver, say they found Colosimo in her vehicle, engine running and keys in the ignition, with two bottles of wine in her passenger seat…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Khan Doc Ho, 44, who pleaded guilty to charges of public drunkenness in 2010 and DUI in 2008, is charged with having high rate of alcohol..
A Montgomery County woman, driving erratically with a child in her car on Route 378 in Upper Saucon Township around 5:30am on May 13, has been charged with DUI and improper use of a child restraint system for a child less than 4, according to a criminal complaint. Khanh Doc Ho, 44, who was seen weaving multiple times over the yellow center lines between E. Saucon Valley and Saucon Creek roads, was cited for transporting a child without a seat belt on or proper child restraint. She also was cited for having high rate of alcohol, between .10 and .16 percent, the complaint said. She pleaded guilty to charges of public drunkenness in 2010 and DUI in 2008. She is charged with DUI with a high rate of alcohol -- a second offense within 10 years…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Officers found several bottles of alcoholic and malt beverage bottles, some opened, on the passenger floor of Dana Berg's vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
A Schnecksville man later charged with drunken driving was taken into custody after driving on the shoulder of the road to pass, striking a disabled vehicle, and veering into another car in a westbound lane on Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township, according to a criminal complaint. Dana Berg, 54, and his vehicle were found by state police on May 12 facing east in the I-78 grassy median at mile marker 61. He was looking for identification and other documents and refused medical treatment, telling officers he was the operator of the vehicle and had no passengers, the complaint says. Officers were responding to a call about a disabled vehicle when they received word that it was involved in a crash. Witnesses and other drivers involved in …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Police records state Heather Pavlinsky, 47, was 'closing her eyes and nodding her head as if to fall asleep on the side of the road.'
A Coopersburg woman is charged with DUI, General Impairment, Careless Driving and Accident Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicle or Property after driving erratically and admitting to hitting a residence’s mailbox, police say. Upper Saucon Police were dispatched to a disturbance between motorists at the intersection of Landis Mill Road and Station Avenue on April 21. Heather Pavlinsky, 47, was approached by police, closing her eyes and nodding her head as if to fall asleep, sitting on the side of the road. She was difficult to understand, standing only after officers helped her up, police say. Pavlinsky, sitting on the ground and nodding off, told officers that she had hit a mailbox belonging to someone she identified as Mr. Werkheiser …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
An Emmaus man is charged with driving under the influence after a routine traffic stop
A simple seat belt violation turned into a DUI arrest when an Emmaus man drove into the 1600 block of Limeport Pike. Lower Milford Police, participating in a PennDOT approved seat belt awareness enforcement, had set up a zone in the Limeport area. Officers were handing out information from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) about seat belt enforcement when the suspect's truck approached. According to the criminal complaint, Bill Madsen, 29, was drinking at his grandfather’s house before traveling through the enforcement zone. Upon approaching the truck, officers noticed Madsen did not have a seat belt on, police say. Madsen’s reportedly appeared nervous and smelled of alcohol. When told he smelled of alcohol, Madsen…