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December 2018 Archives

SoberRide promotion aims to decrease drunk driving this season

If your holiday celebrations take you near or into the Washington, D.C., area any time through New Year's Eve and you have the Lyft app on your phone, you can save some money and get a safe ride home. That's thanks to a partnership between Lyft and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).

Would you know if your child was drinking?

The holidays are a time when many parents and teens spend more time around each other than usual. This can give parents a better opportunity to detect signs that their child is drinking. Even if they tell you they aren't, holiday parties and get-togethers with friends often include alcohol.

State sees more than 2 dozen DUI crashes in 1 weekend

The holiday party season is in full swing. That's likely the reason for at least a few of the large number of crashes attributed to impaired driving and an even greater number of DUI arrests by state troopers two weekends before Christmas.

Give your teen a safe way out of an unsafe situation

If you have kids in their teens, they may be encountering things at parties and just hanging out with friends that are new for them. Some kids may be bringing alcohol or drugs with them. Others may be planning an activity that could end badly -- like taking the parents' Lamborghini for a spin while they're not home.

Refusing a breath test is possible but not without consequences

There is a saying that notes you are free to make choices, but you aren't free to choose the consequences for your actions. Refusing to take a breath test is one perfect example of this. You can choose to refuse the test, but you will have to deal with the penalties that are set by the state's implied consent law. We know that this might be hard to accept, but you need to think carefully if you are ever in this position.

What to expect at your honor code hearing

Depending on where you attend college, you could end up in front of the honor code board for any number of missteps, from cheating on a test to sexual misconduct. If you or your child has been called for a hearing before the honor code board, you are probably worried about what it means for the future. Although your attorney will help you prepare for the process at your particular school, here are a few things you can generally expect at your hearing

What is an SR-22 and why do you need one?

One of the repercussions of a DUI conviction that stays with you long after you've paid your fines, gotten your license back, completed your alcohol education classes and maybe even spent a little time behind bars is the drastic jump in your auto insurance premiums. You may have heard about the SR-22 form but not know exactly what it is. If you're convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you'll learn. It's the only way you'll be able to be an insured driver for a time.

Some tips for avoiding alcohol at holiday parties

Whether you've stopped drinking and are in recovery or you've made a commitment to yourself not to drink if you'll be driving, the holidays can test your resolve. Holiday parties can be particularly difficult for young people who are especially vulnerable to peer pressure.

State leaders continue to push for harsher DUI penalties

Even though Maryland has always had strict penalties for those convicted of DUI-related offenses, the governor and state lawmakers have taken steps in recent years to reduce the state's continued high rate of crashes -- many of them fatal -- that involved a drunk driver. These measures have increased the penalties for those convicted of DUI-related offenses.