Nov 24, 2012 by Jeff Meadows
In 2009, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began efforts to determine the feasability of installing a breathalyzer or ignition interlock system on every vehicle made. While this may sound like a great way to prevent drunk driving, it is also a great way to add additional costs to new vehicles. Is this fair to the majority of drivers in the U.S., who are are non-drinkers?
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Sep 12, 2012 by Jeff Meadows
Let's face it, it's 2012 and the economy is still in the tank! As property values drop, so do property taxes. So how is the local and State goverment going to make up for lost tax dollars? Quite simply, in some areas, by writting more traffic tickets.
What about the decrease in overtime offered to law enforcement officers? How do the officers make up for lost over-time patrols? By writting more traffic tickets that will increase their chances of having to show up for court when they are normaly off-duty - which means over-time pay (most of the time).
Believe it or not, there is a financial motivation for writing traffic tickets, including drunk driving tickets - also called DUI, DWI, OUI or OVI. That's right, what better way to make that boat or truck payment than to write tickets that will possibly require an officer to appear in court to testify and at the same time get paid over-time.
Most police officers pay is governed by their FOP contract. In many areas, this means that if they are off duty and get supoenaed to court, they may get paid as much as 3 hours of OT pay even if they are only in court for 10 minutes.
This OT pay may cause many officers to look for the most heinous of offenses at 2:30 a.m., such as those motorists who have a burned out head light or other equipment violations that wouldn't get their attention at 2:30 p.m.
It is imperative to be mindful that if you are consuming alcohol, you do NOT operate a motor vehicle (or boat) if you feel the slightest impairment or believe you may be "over the limit" for persons your age (and in the State where you are located). Alcohol impairment can occur at levels substantially lower than a States' "illegal limit."
If you feel that you are impaired or believe your are over the limit, please make arrangements for alternative transportation so that you can avoid the legal, financial and emotional consequences of a drunk driving (or boating) charge.
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