In July 2012, Virginia started requiring ignition interlock devices to be installed in the cars of all people convicted of drunk driving offenses. The devices require drivers to take a breath alcohol test before they can start their cars.
Virginia has very strict laws against drunk driving and drugged driving. People convicted of DUI offenses may be subject to stiff sentences, license suspension and more. Motorists in Virginia should be aware of what constitutes DUI. This blog post will provide some basic information on DUI in the Old Dominion.
Spring is here and many people in Virginia are looking forward to being able to spend time outdoors, especially once summer rolls around. Many people will have a drink or two at a barbecue, a wedding or a holiday celebration. These people may feel safe to drive, especially if they believe that their blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the legal limit. However, even if a person's BAC is below the legal limit, it may still be possible for a person to be charged with driving under the influence.
Drinking alcohol is normal for many adults in Virginia, and generally causes no harm. However, police will always be on the lookout for those they believe are driving under the influence, especially when an accident occurs.
Being pulled over by the police in Virginia can make anyone nervous, but these nerves can be amplified if the motorist is asked to perform a field sobriety test or a breath test to determine if they are driving under the influence. A DUI conviction could have significant short-term and long-term effects, and a motorist may be inclined to not submit to a breath test. They may feel it is unnecessary as they are not intoxicated, or they may be afraid of what the results will be. However, they should understand that there are consequences for refusing to take a DUI breath test.
We may take for granted our ability to drive. People drive to work, to medical appointments, to drop their kids off at school and to run errands. Some may even go so far as to say that the ability to drive is essential to their everyday life. However, if a person in Virginia is convicted of driving under the influence, they could find their ability to drive is made significantly more difficult.
The winter holidays are here, and that means office holiday parties, family celebrations and other festivities. It also means there will be many opportunities to share a drink with friends and loved ones. Most people in Virginia are responsible with alcohol and won't drive drunk. However, that doesn't mean police in the Commonwealth won't go to extra lengths this time of year to apprehend those they believe are driving under the influence.