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Pennsylvania’s new DUI law goes into effect

Posted December 27th, 2018 by Munley Law.

A new DUI law, Act 153, went into effect in Pennsylvania on December 23, 2018, introducing tougher penalties for repeat offenders.

What’s new about this law?

Under the new DUI law, individuals convicted of a third DUI with a BAC of .16 or higher, or those convicted of four (or more) DUI’s can be charged with a felony. Under the previous law, Pennsylvania was one of only a few states in which a third DUI was treated as a misdemeanor.

The new law also increases penalties for offenders who cause the death of another person while driving under the influence. Increased penalties include potential felony charges for repeat offenders, and an additional five years of prison time for someone who commits homicide by vehicle while driving without a license or with a suspended license.

Additionally, the law increases fines and jail time for driving under suspension for a prior DUI. […]

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Pennsylvania’s New DUI Law Goes Into Effect

Posted August 30th, 2017 by Munley Law.

dui car accidentWhat is the new DUI law in PA?

A new DUI law goes into effect in Pennsylvania this week, placing different restrictions on first-time DUI drivers.

Under the new law, first-time offenders will have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Previously, ignition interlocks were only required after two or more offenses; first-time offenders would instead face a license suspension of one year.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalizer that will prevent a car’s engine from starting until the driver blows into a tube to indicate that they are not under the influence. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not start.

Those in favor of the new law say that the ignition interlock will be more effective in preventing drunk driving accidents and deaths, while still allowing offenders to keep their license active. […]

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Drugged driving a greater concern than drunk driving

Posted April 28th, 2017 by Munley Law.

drugged driving car accidentOpioid addiction, drug use, and reliance on pain medication have come into the national and local spotlight as they claim more and more lives. A new study has illuminated another side of this issue: drugged driving is on the rise.

“The number of American drivers killed in car crashes in which drugs were detected has eclipsed those killed in crashes where only alcohol was found.”

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility found that 43% drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs, illegal and prescription, compared to 37% who tested positive for just alcohol.

Drugged driving more complicated than drunk driving

The data in this study is imperfect.  The study only reflects drivers who were tested; not all drivers in all states get tested after a fatal crash; this doesn’t include fatal accidents in which the driver was not killed, […]

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Is Uber cutting down on drunk driving?

Posted March 20th, 2015 by Munley Law.

36517713_sIn February of this year, Uber officially became available to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area.

What is Uber? Born in San Francisco and common in large cities before making its NEPA debut, Uber is a mobile app/service that allows users to connect with professional independent contract drivers hired by the company to provide a ridesharing service, similar to a taxi service. Uber is currently available in 50 countries and 250 cities.

Uber has been in the news a lot lately, particularly for questions regarding its safety. This blog and infographic from the Michigan Auto Law Blog entitle “How Safe is Uber?” does an excellent job of breaking down the safety concerns and what Uber is doing to make its service safer for both riders and drivers.

One reason we’re interested in Uber is because of its potential to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents that happen each year. […]

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Is drugged driving the new drunk driving?

Posted February 12th, 2015 by Munley Law.

driving-while-high-car-accidentA new NHTSA study reveals that fewer people are driving drunk, but many more are driving high.

Drunk driving, one of the leading causes of auto accidents, is on a gradual decline, according to the NHTSA.  Over the last few decades, drunk driving has been a topic of national concern. Heightened awareness, advancing technology, strict enforcement, and countless media campaigns have contributed to the 80% reduction in drunk driving since the first survey done in 1973.  Unfortunately, we’re facing a new challenge as drugged driving is on the rise.

The NHTSA conducted a voluntary, anonymous study of 3,000 drivers involved in crashes over a 20 month period, and found that illegal and prescription drug use on the road has increased over the last seven years. The number of drivers with marijuana in their systems during nighttime weekend hours jumped about 50% since 2007. […]

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