Bar Uses Coasters to Remind Drinkers not to Drive Drunk

Often times bars, restaurants, and other alcohol-serving establishments will engage in campaigns aimed at preventing their patrons from driving drunk. A bar in Toronto, Ontario, is the latest alcohol-serving establishment making news with its unnerving reminder to its customers the consequences of driving drunk.

On Saint Patrick’s Day, the Emmet Ray began serving its customers’ drinks on coasters made from the metal of vehicles that were involved in drunk driving collisions.

Each coaster reads, “This coaster used to be a car that never made it home.” As if the statement wasn’t a reminder enough, several of the coasters have dents, chipped paint, or scratches acquired from the collision.

The coasters were created by the organization Arrive Alive which raises awareness on the dangers of driving under the influence.

According to Michael Stewart, Arrive Alive’s program director, the group obtained the metal from a vehicle body shop in Vancouver, B.C., then shaped using a hydraulic press, and laser etched to inscribe the foreboding message.

“Impaired driving remains one of the leading criminal causes of death in Canada,” said Stewart in a statement on Arrive Alive’s website. “We want to remind people, on the biggest drinking night of the year, that there are consequences to driving drunk – and remind them to use a designated driver, take transit or download The Ride App for a safe ride home.”

Patrons responded to the message positively taking to twitter with pictures of the coasters and statements of approval.

“People saw them and started having conversations about how they got their license, how they behave behind the wheel,” Stewart told Global News.

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Towing Law to Discourage Drunk Driving

The city commission of Tallahassee, Florida will be discussing a new towing ordinance to discourage drunk driving, but not the type of towing law you might think.

The new law, if passed, would prohibit towing of vehicles left in the parking lots of alcohol-serving establishments after hours.

The idea is that people who have been drinking might be reluctant to leave their vehicle in the parking lot of a bar or restaurant and obtain public transportation for fear that their vehicle may be towed if left in the parking lot after hours. The law, if passed, would eliminate that fear, and actually encourage the use of public transportation.

"It’s the responsibility of establishments that sell alcohol to advocate for responsible drinking," Gabe Grass, owner of Grasslands Brewing, told WTXL. "That’s why we say, ‘Don’t worry about driving home out of fear of being towed, because you won’t be towed.’"

"I’ve never really liked the idea of forcing somebody to take their cars out of here. You want them to feel safe — that their possessions are safe whenever they visit an establishment," said Chris Eldridge, owner of Krewe De Gras. "Where some people could have an issue is daytime businesses that would suffer parking because there’s still cars in the parking lot.

A public hearing on the ordinance is set for April 26th.

I’ve got to say, it’s rather refreshing to hear of the consideration of laws which help people avoid driving drunk rather than laws which merely punish people after they’ve driven drunk.

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Thousands of Breathalyzers Called into Question in Colorado

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar has called into question the validity of the breathalyzer, “Intoxilyzer 9000” used in measuring the blood alcohol content of suspected drunk drivers in Colorado. If true, thousands of DUI cases in Colorado could be affected.

Although breathalyzers are notoriously unreliable as it is, defense attorneys in Colorado have raised a very specific reason for calling the Intoxilyzer 9000 into question.

According to the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, a former technician for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, whose job it is to certify the breathalyzers, notified the Attorney General’s Office that his signature was forged to certify the breathalyzers.

The defense bar wrote a letter to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper about the CDPHE’s technician, Michael Barnhill.

“Mr. Barnhill asserts that Jeffrey Groff, who oversees the certification and maintenance of these devices, used temporary and inexperienced employees to test the machines and instructed these employees to forge Barnhill’s identification to do the work and to use Barnhill’s signature on documents to certify and place these devices into use,” said the letter.

“We want these tests to be accurate, and if they’re accurate, and our client is convicted, we can live with that,” Colorado Criminal Defense Bar representative Jay Tiftickjian said. “If they’re not accurate, it’s a travesty.”

According to the department, although signatures were forged, the certificates still comply with the CDPHE rules and regulations.

Sure, see how well that flies at trial; proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a person was over the legal limit using a breathalyzer calibrated by inexperienced and unqualified technicians and then forged with the signature of a qualified technician. Good luck.

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Avoid a St. Patrick’s Day DUI

While many here in the United States take Saint Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish heritage all whilst consuming copious  amounts of alcohol, March 17th actually commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as marks the death of the holiday’s namesake, Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

As you can imagine, with the amount of alcohol consumed on this holiday, DUI’s become a very real danger on the roads. Consequently, law enforcement will be out in full force trying to catch those who hit the streets after having too much green beer.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a fun celebration, with parades and music,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Rhonda Craft. “But with alcohol as a staple at most celebrations, OTS wants to remind you to make sure you have a plan to get home safely before the festivities begin.”

In 2015, 30 people lost their lives on St. Patrick’s Day in traffic collisions. Don’t become a statistic. Heed a few simple tips and avoid a St. Patrick’s Day DUI or worse.

  • Appoint a designated driver. But it’s not enough to merely appoint the DD. You need make sure that they remain sober. Being a designated driver means actually remaining sober, not just drinking less that their passengers.
  • If you are going to be a designated driver, the OTS recommends downloading the app, “DDVIP” on your smartphone for help finding California bars and restaurants which offer incentives to designated drivers such as free non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers.
  • If neither you or none of your friends are willing to be a designated driver, consider public transportation. This includes taxi cabs and busses as well as ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.
  • Don’t drink. As difficult as this may be, it is the only surefire way to avoid a California DUI if you plan on driving this St. Patrick’s Day.


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Luck Of The Irish Will Not Get You Out Of A DUI

It’s that time of the year again where we have to wear green or else we run the risk of getting pinched. St. Patrick’s Day is many people’s favorite holiday and it looks like this year we are in luck (no pun intended)! St. Patrick’s Day will be landing on Friday. What a wonderful way to end the work week. As with every holiday, CHP will be on high alert looking for people who decide to drink and drive.
If you are thinking of going out with friends to celebrate, make sure to have a designated driver. Most pubs and bars have incentives for people who are going to be the designated drivers for the night.
Thinking of opting for a ride share? You have a number of options to choose from: Taxis, Lyft, and Uber are readily available to give you a safe ride home. If you are lucky, you can even get a discount code for your ride home.
There are a number of options for your St. Patrick’s night out! Remember to drink responsively; it is better to get home safely than spend it at the local police station.
The luck of the Irish might be on your side but it definitely will not help you get out of a DUI.
If you find yourself with a DUI contact The Law Offices of Taylor and Taylor to help you deal with your DUI.
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