Leaving The Scene of an Accident in Michigan: What You Need To Know Part 1

What happens when you leave the scene of an accident in Michigan without waiting for police?

What happens when you leave the scene of an accident in Michigan without waiting for police?

 

When people are involved in traffic crashes, their first responses are usually pretty standard – surprise, shock, horror, fear, and frustration. However, once they’ve cycled through this high-seed litany of reactions, they tend to move on to how they intend to deal with the crash. Some are concerned about their vehicles and how the crash will affect their insurance. Others are concerned for the well being of the people involved. But there are a number of people for whom the primary concern is getting as far away as possible, as quickly as possible.

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Tiger Woods Arrested For Operating Under The Influence

Golfing superstar Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI, but wasn't drunk at all!

Golfing superstar Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI, but wasn’t drunk at all!

 

Being a sports celebrity can have enormous benefits. Thousands of adoring fans, tons of cash to support a lavish lifestyle, knowing that your name alone will open doors and grease wheels where others would miss out. But there are downsides to fame as well, and the first one that comes to mind is negative publicity. When an ordinary citizen does something unwise or makes a mistake, the whole world doesn’t tune in to watch what happens next. Not so for famous people.

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Drunk Driving and Speed: A Dangerous Combination in Michigan!

Speed Kills - it's not just a meme, it's a reality!

Speed Kills – it’s not just a meme, it’s a reality!

 

Drunk driving is dangerous, sometimes even deadly. No one is arguing that fact. However, there are certain factors that can make a bad situation worse, and one of them is speed. Like the article we wrote a few months back about night driving and how drunk driving fatalities increase with darkness, so speed can add another layer to an already deadly cocktail, pardon the pun. Let’s start with a few basics.

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State Rep. Arrested For Super Drunk Driving, Commits Suicide

Sadly, State Rep. Kivela took his own life after a second DUI arrest near Lansing recently.

Sadly, State Rep. Kivela took his own life after a second DUI arrest near Lansing recently.

 

If you’ve been following our drunk driving blog for a while, then you may remember our article about State Representative John Kivela’s DUI arrest in November of 2015. He pled guilty in January of 2016, publicly admitting that he struggled with alcohol problems and would be entering rehab to address his alcoholism. That optimistic approach has, sadly, ended in tragedy.

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Operation Ghostrider: MSP To Crack Down on Distracted Driving

Using your phone behind the wheel? Watch out for MSP's Ghost Riders....

Using your phone behind the wheel? Watch out for MSP’s Ghost Riders….

 

It is now widely considered to be a fact – distracted driving is just as dangerous, if not more so, than drunk driving. With the introduction of cellphones and other devices, people’s attempts at multitasking behind the wheel has resulted in countless deaths and injuries over the years. Police Departments all over Michigan have prioritized distracted driving, treating it much the same way as they do intoxicated driving. However it appears that awareness campaigns and expensive tickets just aren’t doing the trick.

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Michigan Supreme Court to Hear ‘Driveway Drunk Driver’ Case

Does it still count as drunk driving if you never leave your own property?

Does it still count as drunk driving if you never leave your own property?

 

The Michigan Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a drunk driving case dating back to 2014 that questions the exact nature of ‘driving’ under Michigan’s DUI laws. Specifically, the case of Gino Rea who never actually left his own driveway but was drunk while sitting behind the steering wheel of his car. .

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Liquor Home Delivery: An End To Drunk Driving in Michigan?

Would DUIs really end with the introduction of liquor home delivery?

Would DUIs really end with the introduction of liquor home delivery?

 

Having food, particularly pizza, delivered to your house is such a common practice nowadays, that no one gives it a second thought. Once Amazon became a household name, the idea that you could order anything and have it delivered right to your doorstep became standard fare. So why should it be any different for alcohol?

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DUI Attorney App: Whatever Happened To The Duey Dialer?

Whatever happened to the Duey Dialer that got so much press in 2015?

Whatever happened to the Duey Dialer that got so much press in 2015?

 

A few years ago there was extensive media coverage for something called the Duey Dialer. It was an app available for smartphones that allowed a person who was being pulled over for drunk driving to contact a nearby attorney. The app was designed to record interactions with police officers and then pass along the recording, along with your contact information, to the closest DUI attorney.

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Bill Passed Allowing Minors To Refuse Breathalyzers

New law would allow minors to refuse a breathalyzer test

New law would allow minors to refuse a breathalyzer test

 

A new bill dealing with chemical breath testing of minors has passed the Michigan House and is now headed to the state Senate for consideration. The bill is controversial and has met with a great deal of resistance. It would allow minors to refuse to take a breath test (PBT or DataMaster) if an officer requests it.

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Drowsy Driving: Is It As Dangerous As Drunk Driving?

Being drowsy behind the wheel may be as dangerous as being drunk

Being drowsy behind the wheel may be as dangerous as being drunk

 

Drug use is frowned on, everybody knows that. So when someone gets behind the wheel of their car under the influence of drugs, people are not very forgiving. After all, you should have known better, right? But what about tired people who get behind the wheel after working a double shift? Or a new mom who hasn’t had a solid night of sleep in two months? Or that teen who stayed up all night studying for their exam and now they’re driving to school on just two hours of sleep and a huge cup of coffee?

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