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March 2015 Archives

Attorney General Holder announces end of civil asset forfeitures

Last year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice would change the way it would prosecute low level drug offenders on possession charges. Essentially, the change was based on an acknowledgement that the vaunted “War on Drugs” that has been waged since the 1980’s and how it has not necessarily worked. Even more concerning, the continuous jailing of drug offenders has not only been tremendously expensive, it has had an adverse effect on the families of poor and minority offenders.

New Jersey councilman charged with drunk driving

On March 14, police released a Jersey City councilman after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI that morning. Police arrested the councilman following a three-car accident, which police are still looking into. The councilman was brought up on DWI charges before his release. A city spokesperson said that there would be consequences following the final police report.

What not to say during a DUI stop

Traffic stops can be unpleasant, that part is obvious. What isn’t obvious is what you can and can’t say to stay out of trouble when the officer asks you questions about your whereabouts, whether you have been drinking, or whether you have broken the law in other ways. Indeed, most people are not stopped often enough to know how to deal with the police in polite, productive and protective manner.

New Jersey man accused of DWI and leaving accident scene

Police have charged a Middletown man with several offenses related to a hit-and-run accident that occurred on March 15. The charges include reckless driving, leaving an accident scene, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving on a suspended licence and DWI. According to the Holmdel Police Department, a Pontiac Grand Prix was spotted just before 1 a.m. in the Dearborn Farms parking lot at the intersection of Centerville Road and Highway 35. The vehicle appeared to have heavy damage on its left side. As an officer on patrol approached the car to talk to the 33-year-old driver, he reportedly smelled alcohol coming from the man.

Could police begin using marijuana breathalyzers?

In our last post, we highlighted the study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that essentially dispelled the myth that drivers under the influence of marijuana are substantially more dangerous than the same people who may be under the influence of alcohol. Basically, there was no statistical increase in risk of a crash associated with marijuana use compared to other drugs, while the risk of an accident caused by alcohol was nearly seven times as high.

Study: Stoned drivers not as dangerous as drunk drivers

With such a widespread cultural attitude against drunk driving, it would be assumed that the public would be completely against driving while under the influence of marijuana. The notion would be that if alcohol would impair one’s judgment and cause a particular safety hazard, marijuana would be significantly more dangerous and would be brutal on the general public.

Woman facing charges in New Jersey drunk driving case

A 66-year-old woman leaving a New Jersey liquor store was taken into custody for drunk driving on Feb. 19 around 5:30 p.m. after an anonymous phone call to police claimed she was swerving before turning into the store's parking lot. According to a police officer who responded to the tip, the woman left the liquor store and got into her car. She began swerving again as she drove up the road.

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