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A study recently conducted in Washington state concluded that drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) should have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles to prevent a second incident from occurring, even if the DUI conviction was the driver’s first brush with the law, according to an article from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Ignition Interlock Device DUI NHCurrently, New Hampshire ignition interlock devices aren’t required for persons receiving their first DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was under 0.15 percent at the time of their arrest, as is the case in many other states. Drivers receiving a second or later DUI conviction, or motorists with a high BAC, may be required to have the device installed in their vehicles, however.

The researchers in Washington, however, found that when first-time DUI receivers had ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles, the chances that they would be arrested for a second DUI were cut in half. Based on this data, some officials are recommending ignition interlock devices be required for anyone who has been convicted of drunk driving. If this recommendation becomes law, it will create an additional burden on those already facing stiff consequences for a DUI conviction.

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Let’s face it: nobody wants to be the party-ruining “nag” who reminds everyone not to drive or to accept a ride from anyone who isn’t sober. But when you invite friends, family, and other loved ones over for a party, your actions can mean the difference between one of the people you care about staying safe, or facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

If you’re throwing a party, here are just a few of the steps you can take to help your partygoers avoid a drunk driving charge in New Hampshire:

  • Don’t let friends drive drunk. If you suspect a visitor cannot safely drive, take his or her keys away. You may want to set up a central “key depository,” such as a bowl by the front door, for everyone to put their car keys in as they arrive. Don’t give the keys back unless you’re convinced the person can safely drive or you know the person is going home with a sober driver.
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drunk driving arrestsBetween December 20, 2011 and New Year’s Day, sobriety checkpoints in New Hampshire set up by law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of 24 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), according to a news report from New England Cable News (NECN).

In addition, police arrested 11 people on suspicion of driving on suspended licenses and 45 arrests on suspicion of other criminal activities between Christmas and New Year’s. Police increased their visibility, including using sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and a media campaign, to encourage people not to drink and drive or to do other things that might be criminal during the holiday season.

New Hampshire law requires law enforcement agencies to get a court’s approval before setting up a sobriety checkpoint. Despite this requirement, New Hampshire police in various areas set up multiple checkpoints throughout the year. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) encourages the use of sobriety checkpoints, but only in conjunction with a broader policy that uses media awareness, moving patrols, and other methods to screen drivers for possible alcohol use and tries to gather as much information as possible before making the decision to arrest.

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Communities that set up sobriety checkpoints tend to see their rates of alcohol-related car accidents go down, according to a recent study summarized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers reviewed 23 studies of sobriety checkpoints from the U.S. as well as from other countries. They found that sobriety checkpoints helped reduce the number of car accidents in an area by about 20 percent.

A New Hampshire sobriety checkpoint is a traffic stop where police officers stop drivers to make sure they are not driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol or other drugs. Sobriety checkpoints are used both to find drivers who are actually impaired and to deter people from driving after consuming alcohol by increasing the risk they will be arrested.

In the U.S., police officers must have a reason to suspect that drivers have been drinking before administering a breath alcohol test. This means that officers will frequently examine a driver’s face, smell and body movements. Officers may require drivers to perform field sobriety tests to demonstrate that they are sober. Unfortunately, field sobriety tests are difficult to give correctly and even more difficult to perform correctly, even if you’re completely sober. The difficulties of field sobriety tests can result in an arrest for DUI or DWI, even if you’re not breaking any laws.