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October 2012 Archives

Woman, Allegedly Drunk, Tries to Save Ducks During Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of the sad stories of destruction by Hurricane Sandy, here comes a lighter story.

A woman in Glen Rock has been arrested for public drunkenness, after she jumped into a creek to save a bunch of wild ducks from the storm.

Public drunkenness isn't the only charge awaiting Justina Laniewski, however. According to the Southern Regional Police in York County, Laniewski's 4-year old tried to follow her into the raging creek, reports The Associated Press.

Laniewski has also been charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Halloween DUI Checkpoints to Make Roads Less Scary This Weekend

Attention folks in York and Adams counties: You'd better not drink and drive! This weekend, leading up to Halloween, local DUI patrols are out on the prowl.

And they'll catch you if you're drinking and driving.

There will be sobriety checkpoints in those two counties this weekend, conducted as part of the Center for Traffic Safety's Sobriety Checkpoint and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program, as reported in the York Daily Record.

Baseball Legend Carlton Fisk Arrested for DUI in Corn Field

Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk was arrested for driving under the influence last night, reports TMZ. He was allegedly driving through a corn field in Illinois.

When officers found Fisk, he was asleep at the wheel, with a bottle of vodka at his side, police reportedly told TMZ.

5 Apps to Help Curb Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a serious problem. Distracted driving the the cause of thousands of traffic collisions each year. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

So it’s no surprise that smartphone apps are getting in on the issue. There are many apps out there to stop texting while driving. Here are some of the apps that help drivers curb their desire to text or use their phone while driving.

Ex-City Council Employees' DUI Trial Date Set

Two Philadelphia city employees who were arrested last month on DUI charges will soon stand trial.

In September, Robin Jones and Rodney Williams were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A trial date has been set on November 14 for Williams and on December 12 for Jones, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Steelers Rookie Alameda Ta'amu Arrested for DUI, Resisting Arrest

A sports PR disaster took place over the weekend in Pittsburgh, in what seemed to be a series of unfortunate events.

Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie Alameda Ta'amu was arrested on Sunday in a DUI related incident.

The rookie defensive lineman aroused the suspicion of police when his 2006 Lincoln Navigator was driving the wrong way down a street at 2:30 a.m., reports Yahoo! Sports.

Texting While Driving Banned, But Not Enforced

The new texting while driving law went into effect in March.

But how effective has it really been? According to KDKA-TV, not that much. Across the state of Pennsylvania, state troopers have cited 98 people for texting while driving. That’s not a whole lot. No, it really isn’t, if you consider that at any given time on the road, you can see someone texting while driving.

Man Swerves to Avoid Pink Elephant on I-295

A Delaware man was arrested for driving under the influence on I-295, after he told authorities that he swerved his car to avoid crashing into a "pink elephant."

Samuel Phipps of New Castle was taken into custody last week. This is reportedly his seventh DUI offense, writes The Philadelphia Inquirer. He swerved his car and hit a guard rail while driving southbound on I-295 in Delaware.

But why the pink elephant?

Andrew Denezza Sentenced in Fatal Harrisburg DUI

Andrew Denezza has been sentenced to prison after being found guilty of a 2009 DUI homicide in Harrisburg, reports The Patriot News.

Denezza has received a sentence of 31 to 12 years in state prison.

The crash occurred on the Market Street Bridge when Denezza's car crossed over the center divide and slammed into a taxi-cab head-on, writes CBS News. The accident left two people dead: a 34-year-old cab driver, Michael Amissah, and his 28-year-old passenger, Kristin Bowser.

A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way: Underage DUIs Declining

Underage DUIs are down across the country, reports The Scranton Times-Tribune.

The Times-Tribune mentions a new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which shows that education and enforcement programs are having a positive effect on curbing teenage DUI.

Philly Cop Chanta Herder Arrested for Alleged DUI

A veteran police officer is under arrest for DUI in Philadelphia, NBC10 reports.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Chanta Herder, an officer for 14 years, was arrested Monday after she was involved in a minor crash at 2 a.m. in the Fox Chase section of North Philadelphia.

Herder is now assigned to desk duty following her arrest, reports. She was off-duty at the time of the alleged offense.

1st-Time DUI Offenders Can Go to 'DUI Hotel' Instead of Jail

Ever heard of a "DUI Hotel"?

It may sound like a reality show. But actually, it's Allegheny County's new method of dealing with drunken driving offenders.