Fourth of July is coming up, and that means people across the U.S. will be celebrating our country's independence.
While many may be focused on travelling to their favorite holiday destination and having a great weekend, the dangers that come with Memorial Day weekend cannot be ignored. The American Automobile Association projects nearly 30 million Americans will take to the road this weekend. Given the anticipated use of alcohol during holiday celebrations, it is understandable that safety advocates view the upcoming weekend as one of the most dangerous times to be on the road all year.
Last week, a truly bizarre accident occurred in New York that made the headlines for numerous reasons. The accident in question involved a National Football League player that was operating his vehicle in an inebriated state of mind. The player, Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue, drove the wrong way down the Lincoln Tunnel and eventually crashed into a bus. Four passengers aboard the bus were injured in the wreck, though miraculously none of them were seriously hurt.
Drunk driving is an infuriating reason for a car accident. The driver who is intoxicated is well aware of his or her inebriated state, and making the decision to get behind the wheel of a car in such a mental state is unacceptable. They not only put their own life at risk, but they put the lives of everyone out on the road with them at risk. It is a travesty that these drivers are out there so often.
An unyielding myth about drunk driving offenses is that the person who is accused of the crime will be found guilty. This is an obvious myth because everyone has the right to due process and a fair trial, in addition to the presumed innocence of an accused person. However, it is a pervasive sentiment that many people share, whether it be due to convenient preconceived notions or because it sounds plausible on the surface.
It goes without saying that car accidents are dangerous. But what doesn't go without saying, at least until you hear a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is that the car accident rate is getting worse. Most people would just naturally assume with the improvements to car safety systems and the soon-to-be-realized dream of self-driving cars out on the road that the car accident rate is improving.
There are two major consequences to a drunk driving charge: there are the legal consequences and the financial consequences. We covered the legal consequences in our last post, and they include things such as jail time, the loss of your license, the impounding of your vehicle and numerous other penalties. These are substantial forms of punishment that could change your life.
Getting a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in Pennsylvania can come with serious penalties. It is important to note that the penalties that come with these kinds of charges are generally governed by state law. As such, the penalties that follow are specific to Pennsylvania.