A woman was arrested after the Maryland Transportation Authority police allege that she was drunk driving on Nov. 21. The 22-year-old woman was accused of driving intoxicated after she allegedly lost control of her vehicle. A police officer reported that she sideswiped his vehicle in the process. The law enforcement officials said that the woman fled the scene and that he gave chase.
A three-car accident on York Road in Hunt Valley that occurred on the night of Nov. 7 resulted in the deaths of two people and DUI charges for two drivers. A driver in a Hyundai Sonata was traveling northbound on York Road, not far from Thornton Mill Road. The driver in the Sonata apparently crossed the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle, killing two occupants and severely injuring a third, according to authorities. The Sonata then veered back into the northbound lane of York Road and struck a Dodge Dart.
Residents of Annapolis are taking note of a traffic incident that happened in the nearby community of North Laurel. Delonte Hill, the assistant men's basketball coach for the University of Maryland, was accused of drunk driving after he crashed his car into a utility pole. The incident occurred in an area not far from the Bottom of the Bay restaurant.
A man is being charged with his second DUI after colliding with a Maryland State Trooper. While attempting to make a left turn in his 2010 Ford Mustang, the 24-year-old man is accused of hitting the marked police vehicle. Following the incident, he was taken into police custody and charged with various traffic offenses including DUI. The state trooper was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with unspecified injuries.
Police took a Maryland man into custody twice in one night for allegedly driving under the influence on Aug. 8. The first incident happened at around 11:30 p.m., and the second was only a few hours later at 2:20 a.m. Authorities say the same Prince George's County Police officer took the motorist into custody on DUI charges both times.
The National Transportation Safety Board has recently suggested a drop in the legal definition of being drunk from 0.08 down to 0.05 percent blood alcohol. This possible change has brought a flood of new and cost effective blood alcohol measuring devices to the market. These devices vary widely. Many of these devices are smartphone accessories. Others are hand-held and powered by batteries.
A Maryland driver was reportedly observed to be driving erratically by police. After trying unsuccessfully to pull him over multiple times, officers ended the man's wild ride with an arrest for drunk driving after he struck a street sign.
The state of Maryland, along with all other states, has been advised by the National Transportation Safety Board to consider lowering its blood alcohol content threshold from .08 percent to .05 percent. This recommendation is made as part of an overall plan to reduce DUI arrests, accidents and deaths over the next few years.
A 31-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced this week to the maximum jail time, one year, for his role in a fatal DUI crash in July 2011.
A majority of Annapolis readers would never even think of driving drunk. However, most would agree that sometimes it can be hard to know whether a person is too impaired to drive safely. It might not be until a person is behind the wheel that he or she realizes the level of impairment.