There have been many efforts to curb drunk driving in Philadelphia. There are commercials on television, advertisements in magazines and newspapers, classes and other efforts. Also, the penalties for driving under the influence can be very severe and cause many difficulties for people with DUI convictions. Despite all of these efforts and people's knowledge of the dangers of drunk driving, there were still many DUI arrests in the Philadelphia metro area in 2014.
Many people in Philadelphia are charged with DUIs every year. If a person is convicted, the consequences can be very serious, including the loss of their driver's license. After a person's driver's license is suspended, if they want to drive they must use the ignition interlock system in their vehicle for a period of time. The amount of time depends on their BAC at the time of the incident and how many prior DUIs he or she may have at the time.
There are many people in Philadelphia who consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel. Not everyone who drinks alcohol and drives is legally under the influence, but many of them are and may face DUI charges. This goes for any driver regardless of what they do for a profession, even police officers. Many may think that police officers are above the law, but if they drink and drive, they may be convicted of a DUI just like anyone else.
Many people in Pennsylvania face DUI charges each year. In an attempt to cut down on drunken driving, the Pennsylvania legislature has enacted strict DUI laws. The penalties for a DUI conviction have increased and those with multiple DUI offenses potentially face even more serious penalties. Despite the strict laws and increased penalties, however, those charged with a DUI still have certain rights following an arrest. The prosecution also still must prove that they were driving under the influence beyond a reasonable doubt before convicting the person.
A driver in a nearby community who was allegedly involved in a DUI accident which eventually led to the death of a woman recently pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, among others. The 26-year old man is accused of striking and killing a woman as she got into the back seat of a parked car. Authorities say the man was intoxicated and driving drunk at the time of the accident. The man also allegedly injured the 47-year-old victim's sister and her daughter in the accident.
Drunk driving charges can happen to nearly anyone and have a serious impact in the life of the person accused.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) released a new report, which states that alcohol related car accidents are down. The PennDot report indicates that in 2012 there were 12,000 DUI crashes in Pennsylvania. This is down from 2002 when there were over 15,000 alcohol related car accidents. In addition, the number of people killed in alcohol related accidents is down to 404 in 2012, compared to 542 people killed in 2002.