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DUIs impact drivers from all walks of life: What you need to know

DUIs are clearly dangerous. Everyone is aware that drunk driving can kill, and most people know that driving when they're intoxicated makes them react more slowly and less likely to respond to hazards in the roadway. Despite that, people do still get behind the wheel when they're intoxicated. These individuals put themselves and others at risk of being in a serious crash.

First-time offenders face ignition interlock device in Virginia

Virginia's first-time DUI offender laws are strict; they're much stricter than other states in some ways. For instance, did you know that if you have a first-offense DUI, you'll have to pay to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed into your vehicle? That installation costs around $480 for six months as of the 2012 regulations. This penalty applies regardless of the person's level of intoxication; if he or she is over the limit, then an IID is required.

Drunk driving: Sobriety checkpoints on high alert

Sobriety checkpoints are fairly common around the holidays, and this Christmas and New Year's period is no different. A Dec. 22 report states that Virginia will have several checkpoints across the state thanks to the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. So far in December, the Virginia State Police have conducted around 750 saturation patrols and another 100 DUI checkpoints.

Yes, you can challenge a Breathalyzer and win in court

If you've been accused of driving while intoxicated, one of the first things that you'll be asked to do is to submit to a breath test. Using a Breathalyzer, the officer will take a sample of your breath to determine your current level of intoxication. The breath test reports a percentage. Under law, any level that is .08 percent or higher makes it illegal for you to be behind the wheel of a vehicle.

A DUI leads to harsh penalties and lasting consquences

If you've been accused of driving a car after you've had too much to drink, then you know you're at risk of a DUI conviction. A DUI or DWI are essentially the same thing. They are either driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. Both may result in penalties that could end up costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars, your license and your freedom.

Do the holidays promote more drunk driving?

It's no secret that the holidays bring out the booze. Family members that many people don't see often come into town for the holiday, and that makes it a time for celebration. With so many holidays coming up soon, it's important to understand how drinking could end up affecting you if you choose to get behind the wheel and drive. Since there is an increase in the number of people on the roads, drinking and driving is more likely to result in a crash and could lead to serious injuries or fatalities.

Man charged for death of 1 in single-vehicle crash

When you're accused of a DUI, it's in your best interests to defend yourself regardless of the situation. Even if you are in an accident that results in a death, you still have rights and need to protect your interests. While it's appropriate to feel remorse, you don't need to give in to the harshest penalties.

Man receives 10-year sentence for DUI crash

A man in Lynchburg has been sentenced for a drunk driving crash that killed a woman. A news report from Sept. 21 states that the man, 49, was found guilty of multiple charges and has had his license indefinitely suspended. He has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $50 to the state trauma fund.

Woman arrested after allegedly driving while intoxicated

When you drive with children in your vehicle, you need to be sober and attentive. They're important, and they add a layer of difficulty if you get stopped for violating the law. If you're not careful, you can be accused of endangering your children as well as accused of a DUI. That's what's happening in this case out of Virginia.

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