Not sure I need a lawyer

Not sure I need a lawyer. I refused the test. I believe that is an admission of guilt. it is also likely that they did a blood test at the hospital as I hit a parked car. I did not leave the scene. I called the cops.

Refusal of the test is not an admission of guilt. You need a DUI lawyer no matter what the facts. It is a complicated process and you need to protect your rights.

Tiger Woods DUI arrest: Prescription drugs are latest threat to U.S. road safety

The number of drivers involved in fatal car crashes testing positive for drugs has nearly doubled in 10 years

Tiger Woods isn’t the only one driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Woods, the former No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested early Monday near his home on Jupiter Island, Fla., for driving under the influence. Police reportedly found him asleep at the steering wheel of a running vehicle and arrested him because of his slurred speech and for failing police-instructed roadside tasks. But his alcohol breath test was zero. In a statement late Monday, Woods said, “I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” Woods had back surgery last month.

Crashes involving drugged drivers have nearly doubled over the last decade. In 2015, 21% of the 32,166 fatal crashes in the U.S. involved one driver who tested positive for drugs, up from 12% of the 39,252 fatal crashes in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to data released last year by the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Use of marijuana and prescription drugs is increasingly prominent among drivers on America’s roads, which raises a new safety challenge,” the NHTSA says. “While it’s illegal across the United States to drive while drunk, the laws involving drugged driving vary across the states.”

Video footage released online showed former “Dynasty” star Linda Evans, 74, being arrested in 2014 in Washington State for a DUI after driving erratically. “Unfortunately, I believe that you are under the influence,” the police officer told the actress. She was given a ticket for DUI in the footage first released last March, but this was later amended to reckless driving. Police found 30 pink pills in her car, which Evans said she used as muscle relaxers. “It’s true I was driving while being in physical pain,” Evans told People magazine, but I was not impaired by any narcotic. I did not take any opiate or alcohol.” (Her management did not immediately reply to a request for comment.)

Marijuana is another problem for road safety. Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington State to 17% in 2014 from 8% in 2013 after the legalization of the drug there, according to a study released last year by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, “which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving,” AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson said. Recreational sales of marijuana ballooned 80% to $1.8 billion in 2016, according to data from Marijuana Business Daily.

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Another recent survey by the NHTSA found that marijuana users are more likely to be involved in accidents, which may be due to the legalization of marijuana in many states, but that the increased risk may be due in part because they are more likely to be in groups at higher risk of crashes. “In particular, marijuana users are more likely to be young men — a group already at high risk,” the study found. While fatal traffic accidents have declined gradually over the last 10 to 15 years helped by stricter laws related to drunk driving and public safety awareness campaigns, it has crept back up over the last year amid other concerns related to texting while driving.

The spike in fatalities involving drugged drivers is likely an indication of the wider problem. The rate of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2015, adjusted for age, was more than 2.5 times the rate in 1999, according to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, due to a fall in the price of heroin and accessibility to prescription drugs. The rate of drug overdose deaths increased to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015 from 6.1 per 100,000 people in 1999, an average rise of 5.5% a year. The biggest spike in fatal drug overdoses took place among Generation X and baby boomers, the CDC concluded.

Some states have created legal limits, also known as “per se limits,” which specify the maximum amount of active tetrahydrocannabinol or THC that drivers can have in their system based on a blood test. THC is the main chemical component in marijuana that can impair driver performance and affect the mind, and the presence of active THC is generally suggestive of recent marijuana use. These limits are similar in concept to the 0.08% blood alcohol limit for driving under the influence of alcohol. But DUIs do run the gamut from marijuana and alcohol to muscle relaxers and prescription pain killers, especially if it leads to impaired driving.

DUIs laws for alcohol also vary by state. Arizona is one of the strictest states for DUIs and has the longest minimum jail term (10 days) for first-time offenders, a vehicle impound and a 90-day minimum jail time for a second offense; DUI is an automatic felony with a third offense and an ignition interlock device is mandatory after one DUI conviction. South Dakota is the least strict out of all 50 states, as it has no minimum sentence for either a first or second DUI; although a third DUI is considered a felony in that state, there is no administrative license suspension, no vehicle impound, no administrative license suspension and no mandatory ignition interlock device required.

Lawyer Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash on LIE

Lawyer Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash on LIE

A Brooklyn lawyer was sentenced Thursday to one to three years in prison for driving drunk when he was involved in a crash that killed a 21-year-old Ronkonkoma man on the Long Island Expressway.

Raj Jadeja pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by combined influence of drugs and alcohol in March at Nassau County court.

Police have said the 36-year-old man was driving a BMW eastbound on the LIE when he struck another BMW driven by George Ragotte, who had slowed down to avoid a two-vehicle crash in Plainview at 2:13 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead four hours later. Jadeja and the drivers in the initial crash were treated for their injuries.

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School bus driver jailed, suspected of being on drugs when she dropped kids in New Hope

A witness called 911 and alerted authorities to the driver traveling “on the shoulder and erratically,” according to the State Patrol.

A bus driver spotted Wednesday morning driving erratically while taking special-needs youngsters to school in New Hope was stopped by the State Patrol and jailed on suspicion of being high on drugs.

Soon after dropping off seven grade-schoolers at the North Education Center Academy, Connie J. Krystofiak, 66, of Hopkins, was pulled over near Interstate 394 and Hopkins Crossroad in Minnetonka thanks to a witness who reported the driver having difficulty staying on the road, according to the State Patrol. Krystofiak remains in the Hennepin County jail without bail pending charges.

About 8:30 a.m., a caller to 911 reported seeing a school bus traveling “on the shoulder and erratically” on Hwy. 169 at Bass Lake Road, not far from the school, said Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson.

The caller gave emergency dispatch the license plate, and the number and operator’s name on the bus.

A patrol dispatcher called the transportation provider and located the bus after it had left the public school, which serves children from kindergarten to age 21 who have physical or emotional difficulties.

Thanks in part to a state Department of Transportation traffic management camera, two troopers located the bus on westbound I-394 at Hopkins Crossroad, Nielson said.

“The troopers witnessed the bus crossing the fog line and driving on the shoulder,” she said.

The bus was stopped, and “the troopers observed indications of impairment” on the part of the driver, according to the lieutenant.

Krystofiak completed field sobriety tests, was arrested and jailed “on suspicion of driving while impaired by drugs,” Nielson said.

It will be six to eight weeks before authorities receive the results of toxicology tests administered to the driver, Nielson added.

In a statement sent to families, school officials lauded the motorists who reported their concerns to police.

“There is nothing more important than our students’ safety,” it said. “We are working with police and will ensure that all appropriate actions are taken.”

State to look into DWI dismissal against ex-Niagara prosecutor’s daughter

The prosecution of Rachel Winter – the daughter of a former Niagara County assistant district attorney – ended earlier this month when a judge dismissed her drunken driving charge and she admitted to failure to keep right and an equipment violation.But the reverberations of her case continue.Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone, who handled the case as a special prosecutor, said Wednesday that her driving while intoxicated case was “very improperly handled” by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti replied that Cardone “did not do his job.”Now, the state Office of Court Administration is getting involved.”We’re looking into the circumstances regarding the dismissal,” said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the office.Niagara Falls City Judge Robert P. Merino apologized to Winter earlier this month as he dismissed a drunken driving charge lodged against her by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.The case looked tangled from the beginning. The Sheriff’s Office filed a DWI charge against Winter, 21, four months after her arrest. When she was pulled over the night of Nov. 24 in Lockport, Deputy Timothy Caughel wanted to file a DWI charge, according to Filicetti.But Filicetti has said the DWI charge was not brought at the time because Caughel’s supervisor that night, Lt. Steve Broderick, was doing a favor for Winter’s father, Ronald J. Winter, the former assistant Niagara County district attorney. Filicetti said the ex-prosecutor came to Sheriff’s Headquarters that night and talked to Broderick.The department later brought an unspecified “administrative action” against Broderick, who is also Town of Lewiston supervisor.Cardone was named special prosecutor in the case because of the connections of Ronald Winter, who now serves as confidential law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.Asked if he is being investigated by the state court agency that employs him, Ronald Winter said, “Not to my knowledge.””I feel this was very improperly handled by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, that there was inadequate proof of her (Rachel Winter’s) intoxication,” Cardone said.”Joe Cardone did not do his job,” Filicetti said. “Right out of the gate, when he first met with me, he did not want Rachel Winter charged with DWI. He discouraged us from laying the proper charge that the deputy intended to lay that night.””I think his comments are inappropriate,” Cardone responded.The Sheriff’s Office said Ronald Winter came to the office, intervened to prevent a DWI charge from being filed against his daughter, and convinced Broderick to tell Caughel not to file the charge. Broderick has said he is not able to discuss the matter.Broderick was the subject of an undisclosed internal administrative action, as was his commander that night, Capt. Jill Herrington.”Persons in the Sheriff’s Department viewed Steve Broderick as a potential candidate for sheriff and sought to discredit him, and used this case to do it,” Ronald Winter said after his daughter’s DWI charge was dismissed.”I stand by my statement that I wasn’t looking for any favor,” Ronald Winter added Wednesday.”That’s totally false,” Filicetti said. “I have video evidence of him asking for this not to happen for his daughter.”That video, taken by Caughel’s body cam, also reportedly shows Rachel Winter’s field sobriety tests and the conversation between Broderick and Caughel. Filicetti said the department would not release the tape.Cardone said the video was the primary reason he didn’t object to a defense motion to throw out the DWI and reckless driving charges.He said he asked two police drug recognition experts and some Orleans County sheriff’s deputies to look at the tape of Rachel Winter’s field sobriety tests.”There was an absolute consensus that she wasn’t intoxicated, based upon the video,” Cardone said.He added that Rachel Winter was not asked to take a breath test.”I looked at the video, and I have a different determination than he does,” Filicetti said.He added that Caughel also is a trained drug recognition expert.”It’s crystal clear from the video that Rachel Winter was not intoxicated at the time of her initial arrest,” defense attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said, adding that Merino viewed the tape and the charging documents.Filicetti said Cardone should have pursued the case and put Caughel on the witness stand.”The deputy was on the stand through the video,” Cardone said.

Source: State to look into DWI dismissal against ex-Niagara prosecutor’s daughter – The Buffalo News