Motorists in Virginia may benefit from learning more about the three tests that are typically used to conduct field sobriety testing: the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), the one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn. These three roadside tests are formally known as the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. The tests were developed from research published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to officers with the Waverly Police Department, the quarterback of Virginia State's football team was arrested and charged with DUI, speeding and possession of alcohol as a minor on Nov. 9. The incident occurred around 2:05 a.m. when a law enforcement officer allegedly saw the man's vehicle cross the double solid line of U.S. 460.
A woman from Virginia Beach was transporting three children in her vehicle when she was pulled over by a law enforcement officer. After the alleged incidents involved, she is now facing DUI charges and other related offenses.
Drivers are legally driving under the influence if they are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle or watercraft with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least .08 percent. Drivers might also be considered DUI if their ability is impaired to maneuver a vehicle or watercraft, whether or not their BAC results are at least .08 percent. Drivers under the influence of drugs could face identical consequences.
Virginia Beach police allege that a city official was under the influence of alcohol when he was pulled over for having a broken taillight on the evening of Sept. 25. In addition to a DUI charge, the 73-year-old official is facing a count of refusing to submit to toxicology testing. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.
Virginia State Police report that a man died after a car accident on Interstate 64 that allegedly involved a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of the highway at about 8 p.m. on July 10.
Virginians know how dangerous drunk driving is and how easily it can lead to injury, death and destruction of property. Drivers who are pulled over by law enforcement officers on suspicion of driving under the influence can face charges that could have serious consequences, such as incarceration, fines, a suspended license and higher insurance premiums.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is among the most common traffic offenses in Virginia. Conviction on drunken-driving charges has serious consequences that may include a prison sentence and heavy fines among other penalties. Even if a driver is not obviously intoxicated, authorities can charge a driver with DUI based on their observations at the scene.
Virginians know that drinking and driving is a bad combination. The state's laws against drunken driving have substantial bite as legislators and law enforcement officers want to do whatever they can to prevent accidents that result from such dangerous behavior.
Quite simply, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs threatens public safety. For that reason, law enforcement organizations and various civic groups in Virginia are committed to finding DUI offenders and getting them off the road. Ironically, a well-known local crusader against substance abuse was arrested after driving under the influence.