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August 2018 Archives

Why parents need to talk to their sons about sexual assault

Many parents who have daughters going off to college this fall have talked to them about steps they can take to help avoid becoming victims of sexual assault and the importance of reporting it if it happens. However, parents of sons need to discuss the subject as well.

Which college students are most likely to be binge drinkers?

If you're a parent who's talked to your college student about the dangers of binge drinking but find that your words have fallen on deaf ears, you're not alone. A study of 300 college students who admitted to consuming at least 34 alcoholic drinks in the past month that was recently published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association had some interesting -- and somewhat disheartening -- findings.

How to successfully make it through a Labor Day DUI checkpoint

This Labor Day weekend, Maryland drivers shouldn't be surprised if they encounter a DUI checkpoint. These police encounters can make anyone nervous, even if they haven't had anything to drink. Unfortunately, too many people do foolish things in and near these checkpoints out of nervousness and sometimes guilt.

Failing a Breathalyzer test may not lead to a DUI conviction

Whenever Maryland law enforcement officers stop someone for suspected drunk driving, one of the most commonly-administered roadside field sobriety tests is a Breathalyzer. This device measures the amount of alcohol on a person's breath, which correlates to the amount in their blood.

Why college kids are especially in danger of alcohol poisoning

We've discussed here the multitude of dangers for young people exposed to large amounts of alcohol when they go off to college. Consuming a lot of alcohol in a short span of time is known as binge drinking and can be dangerous and potentially fatal because the body isn't able to absorb the alcohol at the rate it's being ingested.

Maryland woman facing vehicular homicide charges had earlier DUI

No one wants a DUI arrest. However, it can be a wake-up call that, if heeded, can prevent tragedy later on. One young Maryland woman apparently didn't heed that call after her first DUI. Now she's facing charges including homicide by motor vehicle, negligent manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

How accurate are field sobriety tests?

We’ve all seen the following scene play out on TV: On the side of the road a car is parked, the headlights lights still left on. The driver is out of the vehicle, standing on the shoulder of the road, while an officer instructs them to stand on one foot or touch their finger to their nose. The driver starts to sway, or even completely loses their balance.