Friday, September 05, 2008

Driving Under the Influence

We have heard so much of it from our parents, our teachers, and even our government, and as if these warnings were not enough even private institutions and actually even those selling the same are stating that you must avoid driving under the influence of liquor. Well, as hard as a rock, the human mind has its way of doing just the opposite.
We have heard so much of it from our parents, our teachers, and even our government, and as if these warnings were not enough even private institutions and actually even those selling the same are stating that you must avoid driving under the influence of liquor. Well, as hard as a rock, the human mind has its way of doing just the opposite.

In almost all accidents on the road which are brought about by the negligence of another party, the proximate reason for the same is because such party was driving with a dazed mind because of alcohol. What makes the marriage between driving and drinking so attractive to people in our society? Well the answer is quite obvious, it is a status symbol, and much as they wouldn’t want to be a victim of an accident because of such carelessness, they would rather be caught drunk driving than be a boring square at parties or several gatherings.

Our celebrities particularly have been a common subject for cases involving driving under the influence of alcohol. After coming from a celebrity blow-our or clubbing, they have the confidence and courage to run about the streets driving their highly engineered motor vehicle like a daredevil. As if their day would not be complete without causing any injury to an innocent by-stander or a working man who is just trying to find his or her way back home. The irony is that, when they are caught and such conduct is made subject of media attention, their value actually increases, as if they have just done a task a fraternity wants them to successfully accomplish and they get rewarded for it. Poor victim, aside from suffering physical pain and discomfort, he or she is even cursed in public eye for being the antagonist to the actor’s road to fame.

Our laws and judicial system must do a better job in penalizing violations involving driving under the influence of alcohol regardless of whether the perpetrator is a famous actor or an ordinary man. A stringent system that would serve as a deterrent to such serious act must be set. If this could not be set enforced, then there would come the day when driving and drinking would now be the rule, and with a toothless law governing it then any person can actually find his or her way around, above, or even under it.

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Guest Post by Atty Gabriel Cosh, a legal advocate and a pratitioner of law for over 10 years now. He is also an expert in the field of social legislation and personal injury cases.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Few Points Worth to Know about Kentucky’s DUI Law

What Is Kentucky's DUI Law? What Does It Mean?

DWI/DUI is an abbreviation of driving while under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol) or of any substance or substances which impair driving ability. Other substances can include illegal drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants such as glue, gasoline, spray paint etc., and/or over the counter medications. Kentucky's DUI law has an "Illegal Per Se" provision. "Illegal Per Se" (On the face of or by itself) means it is illegal to drive with a blood or breath alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.

Highlights of Kentucky's DUI Law

Here are highlights from Kentucky law on driving under the influence (KRS Chapter 189A). Legal terms associated with drunk driving in Kentucky.

'Per Se' BAC Level: .08

Zero Tolerance BAC Level: .02

Enhanced Penalty BAC Level: .18

Implied Consent Law: Yes

License Suspension 1st Offense: 30 days

License Suspension 2nd Offense: 1 year

License Suspension 3rd Offense: 2 years

Mandatory Jail Time after 2nd offense: Yes

Mandatory Alcohol Education: Yes

Mandatory Assessment/Treatment: Yes

Possible Ignition Interlock: Yes

Possible Vehicle Confiscation: Yes

Hardship License while license suspended: No

Open Container Law: For driver and passenger

These are highlights of the main provisions of Kentucky law pertaining to drunk driving. Other factors can increase the penalties for drunk driving, such as if an injury or death occurred, or if a child was endangered.

Source: KRS Chapter 189A

Another Important Fact to Know: 90% of DUI arrests occur between 10PM and 3AM.

How Can I Clear My DUI Record?

you may have some options available to clear your record. Your first option after a DUI conviction is to seek a new trial from the court. If there was an error in the admission of evidence at your trial or some other procedural problems, your attorney can ask the court for a new trial. If the judge grants your request for a new trial, you will be allowed to present your entire case again, this time before a new jury. If you're found not guilty after your second trial, then your record will be cleared and the legal effect would be as if you never were convicted. If the judge refuses to grant you a new trial, or you lose at your second trial, you may be eligible to appeal your DUI conviction. If there is an error of law at your trial, or the jury completely disregarded the facts, you may have grounds for an appeal. An appeal involves filing briefs with the court and an oral argument-you will not be required to appear or participate in the appeal. If your appeal is successful, your conviction will be reversed, and your record will be cleared.

The Truth about Lawyers - Even though lawyers are the brunt of a lot of jokes out there, they really are in the legal industry to help you. You could hire one of the most expensive lawyers out there to represent you for your DUI case, and you will still pay less money to him than you would to the court system. If you had the option to pay a certain amount of money to the court, have your license taken away, have to go to jail and spend a weekend at a conference where they describe to you how bad drinking and driving is... OR, pay a lawyer a smaller amount of money, have a good chance of keeping your license, have a better chance of having the DUI dropped and to stay out of jail, wouldn't that be better?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Want fast car insurance for drunk driver - Broker or Direct?

This short report aims to assist you in getting lower premiums. A few methods exist to assist you in lowering your car insurance for drunk driver monthly costs. Most are straight forward and can be applied at quotations stage while other tips may take some time to apply. Not every method given will be relevant for you, however if you are looking for car insurance for drunk driver methods are presented to help you lower you insurance cover costs.

Topics that the article will investigate are paying for your premium, cover explained, pass plus discounts just to name some of the topics.

Step One Low engine cars are cheaper - Big engines are harder to control and cost more to replace so driving a car of this kind costs more to insure. One way then to reduce the costs of your car insurance for drunk driver is to find a cheap small car.

Step Two Limit named drivers ! Naming drivers on your insurance costs more. If the drivers are younger than 25 years old then the costs will be much higher. The secret is to name only those that will drive the car. If the driver you need to name has driving any other cars extension then they can drive you car third party only on their own policy. Depending on the value of your vehicle third party cover may be satisfactory or not. Instead of naming a driver permanently you can add them temporarily part way through your insurance year.

Step Three Shopping around ! If your renewal notice is less than 2 weeks away and you haven't had it ring your broker or provider to get it now. That way you still have time to compare cover and prices elsewhere.€ Make a list and ring or submit your details online to a minimum of 4 motor insurers. Look through league tables about insurers sometimes quoted in the press newspapers and magazines. Make a list of the prices and compare benefits as well as costs.

Step Four Upgrade your licence ! An alternative way to save on your car insurance for drunk driver is by enrolling on an advanced driving course. The pass plus is a good start for younger first time drivers. Lots of insurers now give substantial discounts if first time drivers have the pass plus. Topics the course covers are all weather driving, driving on dual carriage ways and driving out of town. Other courses that can help older drivers are the IAM institute of advanced motorists or the and ROSPA.

What are the next steps ?

Please make sure you have carried out the appropriate steps listed above. For car insurance for drunk driver we recommend you visit this site Self Employed Insurance

Guest Post by Damian, the owner of many finance related websites. Including mortgage, loans and debt advice. For more information visit

Monday, August 25, 2008

Driving Under The Influence in Alabama

Every year millions of people in the United States get convicted of Driving under the Influence (DUI). This a crime and often times these drunk drivers maim or kill people due to them not being in the right capacity to operate their motor vehicle. This article will examine what exactly is a DUI and the different sentences associated with it under the state of Alabama. It will also look at the issue of obtaining car insurance once you have been convicted of a DUI in Alabama.

It is a crime to drive drunk and this is often times called driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), this all depends on the state and how they define it. In the state of Alabama it is known as a DUI. To be considered a drunk driver in Alabama, the driver must have a high blood alcohol concentration of .15 or higher. Drunk driving kills many people a year and puts countless others at risk. This means if convicted of a DUI it carries far reaching consequences. These will be discussed below.

DUI is a crime and if you are arrested there are different sentences that can be handed down by a court in Alabama. These vary and this article will examine what they are. In the State of Alabama if you have a first offense of DUI then you may get some of the following penalties. For a first offense you may either receive one year in jail, a 90 day license suspension up to a $2,100 fine and mandatory DUI school. For a second offense you may receive one year in jail, mandatory 5 days in jail, a 1 year license suspension, a fine up to $5,100 and mandatory DUI. For your third DUI you may receive one year in jail, mandatory 60 days in jail, a 3 year license suspension, a fine up to $10,100 and mandatory DUI. Your fourth and higher DUI offense is considered a C class felony and you may receive punishment of one year and a day to 10 years in jail, a 5 year license suspension and a fine up to $10,100.

Aside from court costs, possible jail time and heavy fines people convicted of a DUI in Alabama also have to worry about their car insurance premiums increasing. Most people depend on their car and an added cost to operating one affects people tremendously. Most insurance companies check your DMV records to see if you have any accidents or been convicted of a DUI. Insurance companies in Alabama especially the city of Birmingham if they find out you have a DUI conviction will often times raise your premiums because they feel as if you are a high risk driver. This could send your Birmingham auto insurance through the roof.

Guest Post by James Dalton continues to write on interesting topics as it relates to the Birmingham Insurance industry. For more interesting articles on various aspects of insurance such as Birmingham Auto Insurance, please feel free to visit his website.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sober for more than a week

what could a couple of cocktails affect that?

Long Islands with lunch. okay maybe two or three with dinner, then it was back to getting shitfaced at work.

the previous individual, which i happen to hope I posted about, has been in and out of jail since the audit. whats $34,000. really?

anyway the new manager, i got completely obliterated while working, corporate was supposed to come through for a post firing inspection. belvedere vodka in a Mcdonalds cup can kill an enthusiasm to work.

i asked to be fired, said if i did this what else would i do.

the new manager refused. i'm too valuable.


so i'm typing my two weeks notice tomorrow, but it wont take effect until after i return from the 2 week job they have me on in floida, yet again.

a months notice seems fair, esp. when they should have fired me already.

Friday, March 02, 2007

She was a reason to quit Drinking

She was from Corporate.

Good looking, my age. And she made me want to live my life better so that I could find someone like her. To quit drinking and start going back to the gym.

To feel good about myself.

That morning I was leaving for a job down in Florida. A temporary two week assignment which came at the right time. Get me out of this cold New England winter and into some sun.

And for almost three days not a single drink. I wasn't even thinking about it I was so busy. Then it was down time, a free night with no work while staying in my bosses winter home.

Nothing to do, cable tv and a ribeye steak.

Whats a couple of cocktails?

And a couple more, pretty soon I'm hung over trying to keep my food down. Trying to keep it together through check in at the airport.

Pretty soon I was back into the same old routine. And the girl from Corporate doesn't come by, which is too bad because I sure could use some motivation.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Drinking Interferes with Work

Or is it the other way around? Work interferes with drinking.

I think that in my case that may be more true. Often the only times I go sober are because of work constraints. Too many hours packed into to little time. And lets face it we all need sleep at some time.

But the other day was different. I found myself doing something I said I would never do again.

Drinking on the job.

It started when I had been up for far too long and had a couple of hours to kill before work and nothing else to do. So I thought about drinking. And the more I kept resisting the idea the more I thought that maybe just a pint of vodka, a few shots maybe, and I would quit at least an hour before I had to clock in.

At work no one seemed to notice. And I pretty much run the place alone after the handoff. So that was no problem. But I kept thinking about drinking more. And how the next day was Sunday and I wouldn't be able to drink until after the Liquor Stores opened at noon wasting most of the day driving myself crazy.

So I sent a girl to the Liquor Store, which reminds me I owe her money. And I did a couple shots at work. One every 40 minutes or so, never in front of customers. It was wrong, way wrong. But that's what happened.

Then I was late for my second job. Filled a portion of a cup with straight vodka and proceeded to get to work. Once again no one noticed. Maybe I need a job where I will be held accountable? Somewhere besides the second job where the manager often goes to the bar across the street while on the clock. Or buys pills from other employees?

It wasn't until the girl who had bought the Vodka for me came back to my second workplace drunk and told everyone she was sorry for buying me alcohol while I was working.

Slightly embarassing.

Except my Co-workers laughed it off. Actually one girl showed way more concern than I thought the situation merited but hey, it was touching. And I felt like I let her down.

So I sobered up and went home and slept for once. Between work and errands for friends it was a little over 24 hours without a drink.

Then this morning, I didn't really have the time, but I figured what the hell, it'll help me sleep.

So here I am wasting an hour or two of the six I get to sleep, drinking and pouring my heart out on this blog.