For most people, when we think of the holidays, we think of giving gifts to loved ones, decorating the Christmas tree, and spending time with family. What we rarely think about is a ride in a cop car, a lonely stint in the local jail, and criminal charges. And yet for many people, that’s exactly what happens! Because believe it or not, drunk driving and drugged driving arrests rise sharply around the holidays.
The report reveals disturbing info about breath testing in the US!
Drunk driving accounts for hundreds of thousands of arrests every year, all over the country. Here in Michigan, more than 35,000 people are arrested for DUIs every year. That’s a lot of people being pulled over and subjected to breath tests, roadside sobriety tests, and eventually blood work. But what if right off the bat, the data is wrong? What if you get pulled over and breath-tested by the cops, but the Breathalyzer machine (or the Datamaster, which is what we use here in Michigan) is wrong? Will you end up wrongfully accused of being drunk behind the wheel when you’re not? Maybe…
Welcome back to this interesting and, let’s be honest, somewhat alarming discussion about “auto-brewery syndrome.” If you recall from the previous article, it’s a medical condition where, courtesy of an imbalance of yeast or bacteria in the digestive tract, a person’s gut produces ethanol from carbohydrates they eat. And since ethanol is what intoxicates you when you drink alcohol, you don’t have to think hard to imagine the results. (That’s right – you end up drunk when you’ve had nothing to drink and should be stonecold sober!)
Usually, when someone gets pulled over for drunk driving and they swear they’re sober but their BAC reading comes back above above the legal limit, you can safely make a few assumptions. Either: one: they’re lying, or two: the preliminary breath test results (PBT) are wrong. Maybe the person is hoping their denial will work and the cop will let them go, or maybe the cop forgot to properly calibrate his preliminary breath test machine.
Halloween may be the scariest time of the year, but you can forget about ghosts, hobgoblins, and witches for real frights – because nothing is scarier than these Michigan DUI facts! People may think that New Years Eve and St. Patrick’s Day are the only times the drunk driving stats get really terrifying, but that’s a myth (just like the headless horseman!) In Livingston County, Eaton County or Clinton County, Halloween is equally frightening when it comes to the number of people injured and even killed in fright-night crashes!
Cops are people too, and that means many of them enjoy a good laugh just as much as the next person and appreciate a bit of levity or a good joke to lighten a rough day. But there are times and places where mucking about is totally appropriate, and times when it’s best just to follow protocol and not try to inject your own personal brand of humor into a situation. And the roadside sobriety test is a pretty good example of one of those times.
Teaching is a tough job these days. Teachers are often underpaid, underappreciated, and overwhelmed. But regardless of how rough the job gets, there are certain coping methods that school districts usually frown on. And one of those is drinking on the job. But that didn’t stop Michael Dennis Fletcher from showing up drunk to teach his class at Lakeland High School. And not just “drunk” – this guy’s BAC was almost off the charts!
What’s the first thing a police officer says to you when they walk up to your window after pulling you over? Sometimes they greet you politely and ask how you’re doing. Sometimes they ask if you happen to know what they pulled you over for. But it won’t be long before they’re asking you that famous (or infamous) question: “license, insurance, and registration, please.” And if you remember your wallet, and didn’t forget to renew your registration, then what you’ll be handing over to the cop is two pieces of paper and a plastic card. But maybe not for long. Think ‘phone’…
When you think of drunk driving, your first thought doesn’t usually include a bicycle. Unless of course, you’re referring to the victim of a drunk driving crash. But what about people who ride their bicycles under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Are they still guilty of operating while intoxicated, or doesn’t it count when the vehicle you’re on doesn’t have a motor?
There’s a reason why drinking and driving is illegal here in Michigan and in every other state. It’s dangerous, and people get hurt. Sometimes it even results in fatalities. So it should come as no surprise that a recent study published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open shows that drunken scootering is no different – it’s dangerous and likely to result in someone getting hurt! (Because electric scooters are super safe, right?…)