Driving a motorcycle can be an exciting experience. The open road ahead of you, the wind billowing around you, it’s thrilling. But if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, that freedom can be revoked quickly. Motorcycle riders across the state are more at risk for crashes than regular motor vehicle drivers. In fact, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Continue reading →
Getting a phone call from the police that your teenager has been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is among the worst any parent can receive. New Hampshire penalties for underage DWI are harsh, and a DWI conviction on a teenager’s record can have long-lasting consequences that can follow them for a long time.
If you are a concerned parent in this situation, here is how you can help your child through the next steps of the legal process:
New Hampshire takes the offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) that results in an injury (sometimes called DUI with injury) extremely seriously. If you caused a serious injury to another person or yourself while under the influence of a drug or alcohol, you may be charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Aggravated DWI)—a class B felony that carries mandatory jail time, driver’s license suspension, and significant fines and other associated Continue reading →
So you’re facing your third (or fourth) DWI arrest. Here in New Hampshire, that means you’re now dealing with felony charges. If convicted, you’re facing mandatory jail time, plus an indefinite suspension of your driver’s license. But beyond these challenges, you’re now wondering if something is wrong with you. Do you have a problem with alcoholism? Perhaps you’re even wondering if you were born with a propensity for DWI. Is it true? Are you somehow genetically fated to have problems with alcoholism resulting in continued DWIs?
While there certainly is a possibility that your propensity for alcohol is genetic, that does not mean you’re doomed to fight DWIs all your life. Let’s explore this question a bit further.
If you’ve ever had a DWI, you know you don’t want another one. A second offense in New Hampshire means losing your license for three full years, and a third offense means losing it indefinitely. Luckily, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several iOS and Android apps designed to keep you from getting behind the wheel when you’ve had a few too many.
The simplest sort of app for drinkers is the blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator. These programs do just what they promise: they calculate your blood alcohol content and let you know if it’s safe for you to drive. Most of them ask you to provide physical details—height, weight, gender, age—and a list of what you consume over the course of an evening. It’s only an estimate, but these apps can give you a sense of how much alcohol is in your system at any given moment. Some even have an element of fun to them. EndDUI includes several games which test your ability to focus.
New Hampshire police officers are trained to observe other drivers on the road for signs that motorists are operating while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or while intoxicated (DWI). One of the main indications that police officers look for is a driver’s inability to use “divided attention” skills.
The phrase “divided attention” simply describes the ability to do more than one task at a time. Drivers have to be able to pay attention to many things at once, such as the speed of the vehicle, the distance between their car and the one in front of them, the presence of any hazards such as barriers or pedestrians, and the directions given by street signs and traffic signals.
Alcohol consumption can make dividing attention more difficult. Intoxicated drivers will often focus on only one thing on the road and ignore all the others, no matter how important they are. For instance, an intoxicated driver may focus on the taillights of the car ahead and forget to notice or respond to a changing traffic light.
As of February 2011, the federal Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-Related Fatalities Everywhere Act, which is also referred to as the ROADS SAFE Act, is still just a bill sitting in the U.S. Senate. If passed, however, the Act could have a significant effect on drunk driving nationwide.
The ROADS SAFE Act offers the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) an additional $6 million in federal funding for the next five years to research ways to use technology to prevent drivers from operating their vehicles when under the influence of alcohol. The bill’s sponsors, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), are especially interested in finding technology that is cheap, reliably detects a drier’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more, and doesn’t impair a sober driver’s ability to drive a car outfitted with the technology.
The NHTSA would use the additional funding to conduct studies and research of technologies that can help prevent drunk driving, such as in-car detection systems that read whether the driver’s BAC is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The money may be used by the NHTSA’s own researchers, or it may be distributed as grants to private researchers to help create and distribute alcohol detection systems. Several interest groups support the bill, including the Distilled Spirits Council and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Research in Motion (RIM), a company that creates applications for use on Blackberry smartphones, recently agreed to drop its app that allowed people to search for DUI checkpoints and other road hazards, according to an article in PC World magazine. RIM agreed to make the change after several U.S. senators, including Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Mark Udall, asked the company to drop the app, which they believe give an unfair advantage to drunk drivers.
The application, known as “PhantomALERT,” provided information on local â€œspeed traps, red light cameras, speed cameras, school zones, DUI checkpoints, and dangerous intersections,â€ according to PC World. The app was sold online through Blackberry App World. Three similar programs for Apple’s iPhone have also been removed from Apple’s store. Two of the Apple apps were specific to Los Angeles and Orange County, California, but the third provided information on DUI checkpoints and other points along roads within a 100-mile radius of the user.
Although the apps have non-DUI-related uses, such as helping drivers avoid dangerous intersections or traffic backups, the senators who requested these apps be removed were primarily concerned that drivers might use them to evade the law. However, knowing where New Hampshire DUI checkpoints are is no guarantee that a driver will not be stopped by police, whether the drivers is drunk or sober.
The holidays mean festivities and fun, which often involves alcohol for some individuals. Unfortunately, as the number of parties you attend increases, so does your risk of being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), according to a recent article published by New Hampshire news outlet WMUR.
Holiday parties provide a host of occasions to have a drink this time of year. The hazards posed by snow and ice plus more nighttime driving due to short days make a New Hampshire car accident even more likely. Combine these dangerous driving conditions with one too many drinks, and a criminal charge may result.
In order to prevent a New Hampshire DUI charge from ruining your holiday season, consider taking safety measures such as choosing a designated driver who will not drink, taking a cab or a bus to and from parties, or hosting the party yourself so that you do not have to drive. If you are a party host, ask your friends to choose a designated driver or take public transportation, and offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food so your guests can have fun and stay safe. Also, remember that you can be charged with DUI if you are driving a snowmobile or ATV.
Police have charged a Claremont driver with driving under the influence (DUI) and texting while driving after her car ran off the road onto the side of I-89, according to a release by New Hampshire news affiliate WMUR. No one was hurt in the accident.
The driver was traveling north on I-89 when her car grazed a guardrail and a few trees before coming to a stop. The woman was allegedly sending a text on her cell phone at the time, and police cited her for texting while driving, which is prohibited under New Hampshire law. Police did not say what prompted them to arrest her for driving under the influence of alcohol, but did say that her lack of attention to the road, caused by her texting, likely caused the New Hampshire car accident.
In New Hampshire, even if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is under the legal limit of 0.08, you may still be charged with a DUI if you have any alcohol or drugs in your system that impair your ability to drive safely. Many things can distract a motorist on the road. To maximize your safety, it is best to minimize all distractions, including using a handheld device such as a cell phone or mp3 player.