Driving while impaired from alcohol or drugs is a negligent behavior that puts all road users at risk. Indiana motorists who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while they are intoxicated can be subject to a range of consequences if convicted.
Indiana movie fans may remember that actor Vince Vaughn was arrested for drunk driving earlier this year. On Sept. 7, California prosecutors announced that the "Wedding Crashers" star has been officially charged in connection with the incident.
According to law enforcement authorities, two different Indiana parents are facing charges of driving while intoxicated and neglect. The first incident involved a 33-year-old Muncie man who was stopped by a Ball State University police officer on June 25 after driving erratically. The second incident involved a 27-year-old Muncie woman who reportedly crashed her vehicle. Both people had their children in their vehicles.
Breathalyzers are the tool most commonly used in Illinois and across the country to show that a driver was intoxicated when he or she got behind the wheel. Across the country, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is unlawful and classified as driving under the influence. While blood tests provide the most precise results, breath analyzers are used far more frequently and provide instant results that are largely presumed to be accurate. However, the accuracy of those results could be questionable if the Breathalyzer was not properly calibrated before a driver's breath was assessed.
Sparklers? Check. Miniature American flags? Check. Meat for the grill? Check. There might still be one more step to take before celebrating the Fourth of July: an OVWI/DUI prevention plan.