Here are some links of interest from the last few days:
A woman was arrested in Riverside for DUI while out prematurely celebrating the end of her DUI suspension from a 2012 North Riverside DUI arrest. She was still suspended and required to drive a vehicle equipped with a BAIID. She was driving a vehicle without such a device and blew 0.155 at the police station. This case will likely be charged as a felony because she was suspended at the time of the new arrest. In the story, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel is quoted as saying she “is exactly the type of motorist I want kept off the road permanently under a new proposed habitual DUI law that I will be proposing in the very near future.” This is interesting since the legislature has been considering options to allow repeat DUI offenders to continue to drive, so long as they have BAIID-equipped vehicles.
The Illinois Senate passed a new Boating under the Influence law by a vote of 54-0 which will result in someone who is charged with BUI to have their driver’s license suspended and/or CDL disqualified as well. The law also does away with probable cause, allowing police to enter a boat, require a boater to take a portable breath test or provide a blood or urine sample. The proposed law may be unconstitutional in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely, which found that police could not force DUI suspects to provide blood tests without warrants in most circumstances. The law will still have to be passed by the Illinois House and signed by the Governor to become law.
Changes in the new DSM-5 will lump “substance abusers” or “problem drinkers” with “alcohol dependent” individuals as having “alcohol use disorder.” This means that a person who binge drank in college will forever be the same classification as someone who is dependent on alcohol and cannot control their drinking.
Scientists in Sweden have developed a breath test device that allegedly can “detect 12 different controlled substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, morphine and marijuana.” The device can supposedly detect the presence of those drugs in one’s system for at least 24 hours after taking the substances, although it does not tell whether the person is impaired.
“Polo tycoon” John Goodman’s conviction for DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide was overturned and he will get a new trial.