An Upgrade from Beer Goggles

For those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s, imagine flashing back to grade school and high school, when the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse and Resistance Education) program reached out to local schools in the district to educate children about the effects of drugs and alcohol. Local law enforcement came into the classrooms and shared details with the class about the drug-induced arrests that they came across and showed us experiments like the glass lung that showed the amount of tar that results from smoking a single cigarette, or the favorite, the beer goggles.

The beer goggles were created to mimic the effects of alcohol on a person, including but not limited to blurred vision, limited peripheral vision, and impaired reflexes. As children we enjoyed watching our volunteer peers struggle to overcome the impairments that came with the goggles in order to correctly and “soberly” follow the officer’s directions of the various field sobriety tests.

Fast forward to today—Ford developed impaired driving suits to simulate the effects of being under the influence by restricting movement, impairing vision and throwing off your balance. The suit is equipped with ankle weights to throw off your balance, bandages on the knee, elbow, and neck to restrict movement, tunnel vision glasses, and earmuffs to delay reaction time. While the D.A.R.E. program in schools didn’t have the results that legislation was aiming for, Ford continues to reach out with its Ford Driving Skills for Life tour.

According to Ford’s website, “The premise behind Ford Driving Skills for Life is to provide a step in the learning process that teaches skills beyond what most new drivers learn in basic driver’s education courses. The program’s curriculum focuses on vehicle handling, hazard recognition, and speed and space management, which account for 60 percent of all crashes.” This year the program will make various stops in states such as Alabama, Arizona, California, and more, hoping to teach young drivers the dangers of driving under the influence of a variety of drugs, both legal and illegal.

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Crash Leads to DUI Charge

Police Officials arrested a 61- year-old women from Ocala for a DUI. The vehicle she was driving plowed into the back of another vehicle that had stopped at a stop light.

According to Marion County Jail, Susan Moon’s breath samples were .23 and .220, nearly three time more than the state’s legal limit of .08.

Police officials said a Chevy sport utility vehicle was traveling eastbound along Northeast 14th street when it stopped at the stop light. Police said when the light changed, the SUV driver drove off, and Moon’s Kia, which was behind the Chevy, slammed into the back of the SUV. Only the Chevy driver had minor injuries, according to police.

The crash took place in the 2000 block of Northeast 14th Street.

Officials arrived and noticed Moon’s breath smelled like alcohol and she had to balance herself by holding onto a tree near by as medical personnel were called to the scene.

Moon told officers she was driving her dog to the dog clinic. Officials did not find a dog, but they did find several beer cans in the vehicle. She had said she only had two beers earlier that day.

She was unable to perform field sobriety exercises because she kept falling.

Moon, who was booked into jail Friday, was released Saturday on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to be in court December 17th.

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Ankle Bracelets to Monitor DUI Offenders

Repeat drunk driving offenders are soon going to be required to wear an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet across Hawaii. The device has already been in use in one Honolulu court for about four years.

The state legislature approved use of alcohol monitoring devices for habitual offenders.

The monitoring device would help deter drunk driving and keep people safe. The device reads perspiration to determine whether the wearer consumed alcohol.

The monitor is supposed to transmit information to a call center where agents will review the readings and recognize between environmental and consumed alcohol.

If alcohol is detected, a notification is sent to a court official. The technology also detects tampering by the person wearing it.

Courts statewide might soon require repeat drunken drivers to wear alcohol monitoring ankle bracelets aimed at reducing the dangers of drunken driving on Hawaii’s roadways.

Hopefully theses new tools will help prevent repeat DUI offenders.

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Lancaster Elementary School Principal Charged with Murder

A Lancaster elementary school principal was involved in an allegedly alcohol-related accident that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old woman.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Mary Kruppe, who has been confirmed as a principal with the Eastside Union School District, was driving a 2014 Jeep Wrangler around 6:50pm on Thursday, November 15, southbound on 50th Street East. She collided head on at an unknown speed into a 2010 Mazda 3 in the southbound lanes driven by Jessica Ordaz of Lancaster.

Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident. Kruppe was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and placed under arrest. Ordaz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kruppe was charged with murder and ordered Tuesday to remain in jail with $2 million bail until her arraignment next month. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, if convicted, Kruppe could face a maximum of 15 years to life in a state prison.

In California, there are various ways to violate the DUI laws depending on the type of substance consumed, or even the classification of the driver. While California’s laws are consistently changing as it relates to DUI, find out more information here about California’s DUI Laws and Penalties .

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Fan Allegedly Blames Team for Drunk Driving Arrest

A Jets fan was arrested for drunk driving after the team’s loss to Buffalo. He told the police he got wasted because of Gang Green’s failure.

Christopher Greyshock, 57, of West Milford, New Jersey allegedly told the police,” I drank too much because the Jets suck!”

Wayne Police Detective Captain Laurence Martin told reporters that the crushed football fan had just watched his Jets get beat by the Buffalo Bills when he rear-ended a car in Wayne at around 5:15 p.m.

Greyshock ended up in worse shape than his team when the cops found him lying in the grass next to his ride on Route 23.

He was seen staggering and swaying as he tried to get up and walk. Greyshock later failed a sobriety test with a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent. The police discovered three quarters of a bottle of bourbon and marijuana in his vehicle.

Greyshock was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while under the influence, and having an open container of alcohol in a car.

Driving under the influence of any drug is a crime. This includes not only illegal narcotics, but also prescription medication, prescribed marijuana, and on some occasions, even over the counter medications. The crime is often referred to as DUI drugs, DUID, drugged driving, driving under the influence of marijuana or any combination of drugs.

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