False positives occur on DWI breathalyzer tests more often than you might think. Breathalyzer testing equipment always comes with its margin of error, and the test is administered by a person who is not infallible. A lesser-known potential cause of a false positive on a DWI test is the diet of the person being tested. For example, a keto diet, low carb diet, or intermittent fasting may cause false positives on DWI breathalyzer tests.
We’ve all probably had this experience. You are out and about driving on a Granite State road, when suddenly there’s another vehicle behind you, and the driver of that vehicle is driving aggressively and following way too close for your comfort. Maybe they are in a hurry and impatient because you, the safety-first driver, are driving the speed limit. Or maybe they are just a jerk and they like intimidating other drivers while they are in their almost-monster-sized truck. You gently tap your brakes a few times to indicate that they need to back off, but this only makes them follow even closer. A quick glance into your rear-view mirror and you see that the driver is either waving their arms in frustration or giving you “the bird.”
Simple incidents like this can quickly escalate into serious provocations with harmful outcomes. In April 2019, two men driving along Route 4 in Grafton, New Hampshire got into some kind of altercation as they drove, which ended in a minor collision. Both men then got out of their cars and continued their argument, when finally one man pulled out a handgun and shot the other in the stomach. The man who was shot survived, and the trigger puller was charged with first-degree assault. An investigation into the gunman showed he has a history of road rage, including seven separate other road rage aggressions–four of which happened along the same Route 4 just weeks before he shot his victim.
Road Rage and How to Avoid It
As motorcycles become more popular throughout the United States, there are more riders on the road. More motorcycles can raise the probability that you or someone you love may be involved in a motorcycle accident. As a motorcycle owner, it is important to understand what types of insurance you should have on your motorcycle and what is and is not covered.
Types of Insurance for a Motorcycle
In the State of New Hampshire, motorcycle insurance coverage is not mandated by the law. As experienced motorcycle accident lawyers and motorcyclists, we highly encourage all motorcyclists to carry full coverage insurance on their motorcycle. If you do not maintain sufficient insurance coverage and are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, your medical bills may not be fully covered by insurance.
Full Coverage Insurance
Over the weekend a pistol, pepper spray, a pregnant woman, and two vehicles were all a part of a road rage incident that still has police trying to sort out what actually happened. The incident began in Brattleboro, Vermont where a pregnant woman states that a man in a Subaru Forester threw a bottle at her Honda Civic. The dispute spilled over into Hinsdale, New Hampshire where witnesses say the cars stopped and the drivers argued. At this point, the woman returned to her car and allegedly rammed her car into the man’s car.
The driver of the Subaru got out of the car and began to walk toward the pregnant woman when she noticed a pistol at his hip. As far as police know, the man kept the pistol holstered. Nevertheless, upon approach, the pregnant woman noticed the man’s pistol and retrieved her pepper spray and sprayed the man in the face.
The man declined medical treatment at the scene, but the woman was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released. The police have yet to file charges as they are still trying to determine the facts of the situation.
Simple Assault in New Hampshire
A Manchester man was recently arrested in the parking lot of a Hooksett grocery store for aggravated DUI. Employees at the grocery store called police to report a man unconscious behind the wheel with the car still running. The man woke up when police reached into the vehicle to turn off the engine. The automobile was full of empty alcohol containers and police stated that the vehicle, and the man, had a very heavy alcohol odor.
Police asked the man to submit to standard field sobriety tests to which the man complied. Afterward, the man was arrested for aggravated DUI. Hooksett police reported that the man had a 0.22 blood alcohol content.
Aggravated DUI in New Hampshire
Motorcycles are a true representation of freedom on the road. With the motorcycles rise in popularity has also come the rise in the number of motorcycle accidents. Accidents can be caused by hazardous road conditions, impaired driving, or negligent drivers. It is essential that motorcyclists understand their risks and rights before hitting the road.
Motorcycle Road Safety in New Hampshire
Earlier this year, the state of New Hampshire released the “New Hampshire Highway Safety Plan” in fulfillment of section 402 grant requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In this plan, the state presented detailed statistics about New Hampshire motorcycle fatalities between the years of 2012-2016. They were broken by several different factors.
Unhelmeted Motorcycle Fatalities
Just as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a DWI Detection Process for motor vehicles, they have also created specific guidelines in the “Detection of DWI Motorcyclists.” The creation of this guide came in response to law enforcement officers believing it to be impossible to distinguish between impaired and unimpaired motorcyclists. NHSTA researchers analyzed over 1000 motorcyclist DWI arrest reports and interviewed law enforcement personnel in order to compile a list of 100 cues that had already been used by officers in the identification of impaired motorcyclists.
The NHTSA conducted two field studies on 50 different sites throughout the United States and the compilation of the results allowed researchers to highlight the most effective cues available and as a result produced the “Motorcycle DWI Detection” Guide. Out of the 100 cues compiled by NHTSA, 14 cues have a higher probability to discriminate between impaired or unimpaired motorcycle operation.
DWI/DUI detection procedures are set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and documented in the NHTSA “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)” Participant Manual. When talking about a DWI/DUI in New Hampshire, the acronym DWI means “driving while impaired” and is synonymous with DUI, “driving under the influence.”
The month of May is frequently the first of the year that is warm enough for motorcycles to be out on the roads of New Hampshire on a regular basis. After being hidden in garages all winter, the sudden presence of motorcycles on the roads can come as a surprise. This can make it helpful for motorcyclists and car drivers to review some of the safety tips that can prevent a motorcycle accident.
Motorcyclists: Wear a Helmet
Motorcyclists are probably tired of hearing this safety tip. They are probably sick of hearing estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that say helmets saved the lives of 1,772 bikers in 2015 alone.
Police and prosecutors in Manchester, New Hampshire are scrambling after an internal investigation led to the firing of a longtime Manchester detective. While the results of the internal investigation have not yet been released, whatever was found has put numerous drug cases that were being pursued by the detective into serious doubt.