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DUI in the News in Philadelphia

Local Philadelphia newspapers and broadcasting stations are constantly covering news stories relating to DUI arrests, drunk driving crashes, and DUI court cases. DUI news stories typically detail the facts surrounding an arrest and include coverage of DUI checkpoints, enforcement of DUI laws, and related issues. Philadelphia residents can often learn from the tragic situations of those covered in DUI news.

Staying on top of these breaking developments is a great way to better understand Philadelphia’s DUI laws. Consider this blog your one-stop shop for all of your DUI news and a resource of DUI laws, cases and trials. If you need additional assistance understanding state DUI laws or have a legal issue pertaining to a DUI charge, you should also contact a Philadelphia DUI attorney to help assess your legal issue and strategy.

Recently in DUI in the News in Philadelphia:

3 Smartphone Breathalyzers Have an App for DUI

Need an on-the-go breathalyzer for DUIs? There's an app for that.

This new class of pocket-sized Breathalyzers which connect with a smartphone which may help mobile users track their drinking. These Breathalyzer devices require connecting a smartphone via the headphone jack or through wireless Bluetooth connection and promise an accurate reading of your BAC on the go. While you should never drink and drive, these devices could help you avoid a DUI by monitoring your drinking throughout the evening.

With smartphone Breathalyzers growing in popularity in the smartphone market, here are three devices to consider:

Beware Drunken Designated Drivers

A Northwestern Pennsylvania couple was charged with drunken driving after the man's wife showed up drunk at the police station to pick up her husband following his DUI-related arrest on New Year's Day. As amusing as the story is, the sobering lesson is clear: drunken designated drivers exist.

Here are three ways to avoid legal roadblocks with designated drivers:

Do You Need an Attorney for 1st DUI?

Do you need an attorney for your first DUI? Not only is the answer to that question a resounding yes, but it also applies to everyone -- civilians and officers alike. For narcotics officer Levaun Rudisill, after failing a field sobriety test and being charged with DUI, this means that he may have to look into lawyering-up soon, Philadelphia's KYW-TV reports.

Rudisill, 42, was leaving an Eagles game when he allegedly collided head-on with another vehicle. The 18-year-old driver had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Rudisill is currently waiting to face his charges at a preliminary hearing in late October.

In the meantime, however, should he look into getting an attorney?

Could Supreme Court DUI Case Affect PA Implied Consent Laws?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court began considering a case involving drunken driving and alcohol blood tests.

The case could have impact on drunken driving cases across the country. But many local Pennsylvania DUI lawyers are saying that the results of the decision could have little, if any, impact on the state of affairs in Pennsylvania.

The question before the U.S. Supreme Court involves police officers taking blood samples without a warrant, when they suspect that someone has been drinking and driving.

In New Year's DUI Crash, Man's BAC Was 0.57 Percent

An apparent New Year's Day suicide attempt gone wrong has left a man in police custody and two cars with severe damage. It could also lead to severe consequences for the alleged drunken driver.

Pennsylvania DUI laws are based on the amount of alcohol in the driver's system. So what happens when someone crosses the highest possible level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?

The man arrested in the New Year's crash allegedly had a BAC of 0.57 percent, the Reading Eagle reports. That's more than seven times the legal limit -- and, according to experts, past the level at which coma or even death are possible.

More Holiday DUIs This Year; More DUI Patrols for New Year's

The holidays aren't over yet, but dozens have been arrested in and around Philadelphia in DUI crackdowns.

While state police in and around Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties were handling fewer car crashes this year, that didn't mean there were fewer drunken drivers on the road than in previous years. To the contrary, actually, there were more drunken drivers on the road, according to The Philadelphia Daily News.

From Dec. 21 to Christmas Day, there were a reported 109 crashes in those three counties, with eight of them being related to alcohol. But 32 others were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and 794 were cited for overall traffic infractions, reports The Daily News.

Last year, there were 16 DUI arrests during the same period.

Teens Take Driving Habits From Parents, Study Shows

Your kids watch your every move and that's why a researcher from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute is warning parents not to text while driving.

According to the study, parental driving habits have a huge impact on teens when parents teach their kids how to drive.

We already know that teenage minds are highly suggestible. But watching a parent text or chat on a phone from behind the wheel reinforces dangerous habits.

That's important to consider, especially since teen drivers are at much higher risk of crashing. This is due to their inexperience behind the wheel. Especially in winter months, parents need to take extra caution as their teenagers hit the roads.

PennDOT Steps Up DUI Efforts in 'Operation Safe Holiday'

It's holiday time, and if you haven't already noticed, there are many more cops on the road than usual. In fact, PennDOT and local agencies are in the midst of "Operation Safe Holiday."

That's because the state and local patrols kick their DUI efforts into high gear during the holiday season. After all, the holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry.

Notice the word "drink" in that phrase?

People drink during the holidays and as they go from party to party, it's not unusual for someone to hop into a car thinking that they are capable of driving.

Pa. Trooper Suspended After DUI, Assault on Girlfriend

A Pennsylvania state trooper is facing charges involving DUI after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, reports The Associated Press.

State Trooper Patrick Kelly of the Loganville barracks remains suspended without pay for the alleged assault last month, The York Dispatch reports.

His other charges include making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. The incident happened Nov. 4 when Kelly was with his girlfriend Lisa Stroule. They'd both been drinking in Harrisburg and got into a fight on the drive home.

The fight began as an argument and escalated into a fistfight. According to the charging documents (as reported in The York Dispatch), Stroule punched Kelly first. Kelly then hit her in the head several times and threatened to kill her.

Woman Hits, Injures Police Officer in DUI Crash at Target

Here’s a great idea: Drive drunk during rush hour in a Target parking lot. Then, while you’re driving around, hit a police car and injure the cop. Finally, try to flee the scene as fast as you can.

That’s what a woman did on Tuesday evening in northern Philadelphia, reports NBC10.

The woman hit the police cruiser in a parking lot at 7400 Bustleton Avenue. She has yet to be identified but is being investigated under suspicion of DUI.

The female police officer was sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.