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Maryland man faces DUI, DWI and additional charges

A Maryland man is facing multiple charges including both DUI and DWI after an incident on April 11. According to the Maryland State Police (MSP), a trooper in an unmarked vehicle spotted the Bryans Road man swerving between lanes and going onto a grass median.

The trooper chased the driver for about a half-mile and caught up with him when he pulled into a driveway. He said that the driver smelled like Phencyclidine (PCP) and showed signs of being under the influence.

How parents can keep their kids safe amid graduation parties

If you're the parent of a teen, you likely are nervous about one thing or another year-round. Memorial Day is known as the beginning of the "100 deadliest days for teens" on the road. However, if you have a teen graduating from high school this year, it may be disturbing to hear that some experts who study teen drinking say that the period between prom and graduation is the most dangerous one for teens.

Prom and graduation often involve all-night parties, usually with at least some kids that your teen doesn't know. It's not uncommon for one or more teen to bring alcohol. Graduation parties, which mark an important rite of passage, are often an excuse for teens to let loose.

Summer brings first-time alcohol use for many teens

Most parents of teens want their kids to have some free time during the summer. Even if they have a job, summer is a time to enjoy the beach, walk around the harbor or just hang out with their friends and play video games. However, with this free time often comes the potential for underage drinking.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that over 11,000 young people have their first drink in June or July, compared with an average of 5,000 to 9,000 new drinkers in the remaining 10 months.

Driving can be impacted well before you reach the legal limit

You know that it's illegal to drive if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. However, did you know that your ability to safely drive can be altered when you're well below that level? It's possible for adults to get a DUI even if they're below the legal BAC if their ability to drive is impaired. Further, if you're under 21, you can receive a DUI if any amount of alcohol is found in your system under zero tolerance laws.

Of course, you're likely not going to get pulled over unless you've been driving erratically or committed some other traffic violation. That's why it's essential to know how you can be impacted by alcohol, even if your BAC is under .08 percent.

What is 'assignation' in Maryland?

You might consider hiring a prostitute a victimless crime, and you wouldn't be alone in that opinion. However, it is a crime. It's called solicitation.

Criminal solicitation can actually involve encouraging, requesting or demanding a person to engage in any sort of criminal activity. However, the term "solicitation" is most commonly used to refer to activities involving prostitution.

When college partying takes a wrong turn

College itself is a freeing experience, especially for those living either in the dorms, in a house or apartment with friends or at a fraternity or sorority house. After 18 years of living under the same roof with mom and dad, you can finally do what you want: stay up late, stay out until whenever and drink without having to worry about your parents smelling the drinks on your breath.

Many consider drinking in college to be expected, almost a rite of passage for many. But is everyone really drinking? And just how much is normal to drink? Is it two drinks? Or is everyone else having six, seven, eight – or even more?

Maryland principal facing multiple DUI charges

A Maryland Catholic school is facing multiple DUI charges following his arrest on Feb. 25 in Isle of Wight Park. The 64-year-old man was also cited for negligent driving, obstructing a roadway and endangering life and property. It wasn't reported whether he was involved in a crash or under what circumstances he was arrested.

Although a DUI charge and certainly a conviction can have job ramifications for teachers and others in careers where they deal with children, it's not known if that has been the case for this man. He works at Berlin's Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. That school is overseen by the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. He is still listed as the principal on the website of the school, which teaches pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Boating under the influence can have serious consequences

Now that spring is finally making its way to Maryland, many residents are planning their first boating excursion of the year. While for some people, having a few beers or a glass of wine is part of a day out on the water, if you're the one operating the boat, you have to be careful.

Boating under the influence (BUI) is every bit as serious as driving under the influence (DUI). Just as if you were behind the wheel of a car, if you're found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above while operating a water vessel (anything from a rowboat or canoe to a yacht), you could face state and/or federal criminal charges.

Lowering the legal blood alcohol content: Reduce drunk driving?

After some years of decline in drunk driving crashes, Maryland is once again seeing an increase in these accidents as well as related fatalities. Baltimore has more drunk driving crashes than anywhere else in the state.

That's why there's been some media attention to a recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The study includes a recommendation to lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers from the current level of .08 percent to .05 percent.

Why are some seniors at high risk of drunk driving crashes?

Many people tend to consider younger drivers the most likely to drive while under the influence of alcohol. However, people of all ages make this mistake -- including senior citizens.

Seniors can be more at risk than younger people of being involved in a DUI-related crash because there are often other factors at play. As we get older, we don't metabolize alcohol the way we used to. People who drove after a few drinks (or more) in their 30s and 40s without incident may find that when they get into their late 60s, the same amount of alcohol leads to serious impairment of their driving ability.