Strategies to Prevent Drunk Driving

Alcohol can have a variety of effects on a driver. It can affect the driver’s hand-eye-foot coordination, reaction time, and comprehension skills, which are all important aspects in the act of driving. If a driver’s physical and mental capabilities are compromised, he or she is not the only one in danger of traffic accidents and injuries, but also the other unsuspecting motorists around.

For this reason, driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Getting arrested for driving drunk has consequences, such as fines that can reach thousands of dollars, suspension of license, and even jail time. Still, many people drive while intoxicated, as if they do not fear the consequences.

DUI Laws
One way to prevent drunk driving is by having laws against it and ensuring their proper implementation. There are legal blood alcohol content levels that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Typically, the threshold is at 0.08%. Those who have a BAC at 0.08% or higher may be arrested for drunk driving.

DUI can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. How an offense can be determined to be a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the jurisdiction. But generally, the offense is elevated to a felony when a person has been injured.

Sobriety Checkpoints
Sobriety checkpoints are strategic locations where law officers stop vehicles and check whether their drivers are impaired in any way. By having sobriety checkpoints, there is more reason for drivers to avoid drunk driving, because arrest becomes a more and more viable consequence.

Fines and Penalties
Fines and penalties vary, depending on the jurisdiction. Most of the time, the severity of fines and penalties depends on how many times the driver has committed the offense and how bad the offense is, taking into consideration the BAC level, injury, property damage, and other important factors.

Fines can reach hundreds or thousands of dollars. Penalties may include license suspension or revocation reaching up to 10 years. There are instances where the revocation is even permanent. Jail time is also not out of the question.

Ignition Interlocks
Ignition interlocks are devices that are put into the offender’s car to measure his or her blood alcohol content through breath. If the BAC reaches a certain threshold, the vehicle won’t start. Usually, the threshold is at 0.02%.

The hassles of ignition interlocks can prevent repeated offenses, and the idea that ignition interlocks exist is also a good way to deter drivers from driving while intoxicated.


The Facts On No Refusal Weekends

“No refusal weekends” is a program set up by law enforcement to assist in the prosecution of drunk drivers. Created around the year 2000 in order to eliminate refusing a breathalyzer as a method of avoiding a DUI, “no refusal weekends” give officers an expedited method of obtaining a warrant for a blood test.

States with “no refusal” programs have particular arrangements with judges and magistrates. These officials are on call, ready to sign warrants in real time granting officers the proper legal right to conduct a blood test in the field. In contrast, states without this program require a lengthy warrant process to conduct a legal blood test.

The effect of the “no refusal” program has been to reduce not only the number of breathalyzer refusals, but also the number of DUIs overall. Before the program was implemented, the average refusal rate was around nineteen percent. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rates in some Texas counties such as Montgomery approached fifty percent. This means that one in every two drivers suspected of driving drunk were refusing to be breath test, creating a huge impediment to officers. After the program was put in place, 12 DWI suspects refused to submit to a breath test and went through the warrant process. Blood tests showed all to be well above the statutory limit, with an average of .19 BAC. Additionally, the refusal rate dropped from the original fifty percent to a groundbreaking ten percent.

The results of this program have been substantial. The Benton Law Firm reports that this [No Refusal Weekends] has had a tremendous impact at curbing drunk driving accidents during major holiday weekends such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.


The Fair Labor Standards Act: Protecting the Right of Every Employee when it Comes to Just Wages and Overtime Pay

In all U.S. states, federal and state laws protect employees against employment discrimination, especially where wage and overtime pay are the issues. Besides anti- discrimination laws, there is also a law which specifies the lawful number of working hours within a week, the minimum wage, who can render overtime work and the computation for overtime pay.

The law specifically referred to is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), also called the Wages and Hours Bill, which the US Congress passed in1938. The FLSA defines the legal daily or weekly number of working hours, the national minimum wage and the computation of overtime pay, among others.

Many employees agree to working overtime for the extra cash it will allow them to earn. Not all employees, however, are eligible to render overtime work, only those who are non-exempt are allowed to render it.

Workers who are exempt, or who are not eligible to render overtime work include administrative, executive, professional employees, outside sales employees, certain skilled computer professionals, employees employed in certain recreational or seasonal establishments, switchboard operators of small telephone companies, seamen in foreign vessels, those engaged in fishing operations, farm workers working in small farms, those employed as companions to the infirm or elderly and casual babysitters.

Despite the Fair Labor Standards Act, many employees, especially undocumented workers, are robbed of their right to receive overtime pay (actually, even the lawful minimum pay) by stubborn employers. To get away with their acts that clearly violate the minimum wage law and overtime pay law, these employers hint on the consequence of firing anyone who may have any intent of complaining, hinting as well on the issue of these employees being illegal immigrants and threatening them of being reported for deportation.

As explained by a wage claim attorney, the (FLSA) clearly outlines the rules employers must follow when paying employees. Unfortunately, many businesses in many different industries continue to routinely make efforts to deny workers the overtime pay they are entitled to. In connection to overtime pay violation, anyone who is denied his/her overtime pay ought to find it necessary to fight for his her rights. Instead of being afraid to be fired (or, in the case of illegal immigrants, to be deported) one should realize that there are laws that will protect him/her and which may even allow hi/her to recover back wages.


Postponing Repairs on Minor Roof Problems can Either Mean You are Very Rich or You Just Love Spending so much Cash

Roofs protect people from forces of nature, including hurricanes, hail, rain, snow, heat, etc., at the same time, it also provides all kinds of structures a distinctive aesthetic look and style. Today, there are more than a dozen available roof types and landscaping styles one can choose from; one can even combine any of the available basic types and styles, making a structure more stylish and defined.

Even roofs, however, are subject to wear and tear, making these last only within a number of years after installation. Thus, as roof ages, problems will inevitably set in and, if a roof is not properly and routinely maintained, then even minor problems can become catastrophic.

Home and building owners who have already experienced roof problems know fully well that these can be a source of significant spending and great inconvenience. They share one common mistake, actually: postponing repairs of their roof while the problems are still minor since they think that can save money, time, and effort this way. One thing they forget is the fact that minor roof problems intensify over time, becoming major problems and making repairs much more costly.

According to commercial roofers in Fort Lauderdale, these are the signs that will indicate you need to have your roof repaired, restored or replaced:

  • More than 20 years have passed since your roof was installed, restored or replaced;
  • There are cracks or breaks around vents, chimney or skylight;
  • You see beams of light through the top of the house or stains which are indicative of leaks due to cracks;
  • There is damage to the roof vent;
  • There are cracked, damaged, buckling or missing shingles, especially after a heavy storm or other natural calamities;
  • There is clear evidence of rotting boards, trapped moisture, or sagging spots and clogged gutters; and,
  • There is moss, mold and fungi which is indicative of trapped moisture;

These roof problems do not just appear, but results of minor problems which were noticed but ignored. Some of these problems include:

  • Poor or faulty roof installation;
  • Leaks and moisture due to rain, snow, ice, wind, hail and debris;
  • Poorly attached flashing which cause seams and laps and the tiles to blow-off;
  • Birds and insects and other small animals nesting under the roof;
  • Ponding water, which is usually be due to improperly designed drainage or debris buildup;
  • Punctures and penetrations cause by wind and hail;
  • Crack on the roof caused by overhanging, falling or heavy tree branches that rub on it;
  • Poor roof and attic ventilation, which can damage rafters sheathing, and shingles or cause moisture build up. This can also lead to mold and mildew problems; and,
  • Improper or lack of maintenance. Roofs which are properly maintained can mean longer roof life, a poorly maintained one, however, can result to early roof repair or restoration.

Roof problems need to be expertly diagnosed and given immediate solution. Once minor problems are allowed to intensify (by postponing repairs), then expect headache-causing and costly solutions to possible major damages.


Dozing Off while Driving a Truck: What Results can a Truck Driver Expect

In August 2010, a triple trailer truck rammed into a Ford Focus before ramming into five other vehicles. The driver of the Ford Focus died, another occupant suffered a crushed skull that resulted to traumatic brain injury, while a third suffered a broken pelvis and eye socket.

In June 2014, another truck accident killed four members of a Texas community college women’s softball team, put comedian Tracy Morgan into a coma and killed his co-comedian James McNair. In both 2010 and 2014 truck accidents, the drivers of the trucks had the same fault: both were too sleepy and actually dozed off prior to ramming the other vehicles and killing most of the occupants.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is the agency in the U.S. Department of Transportation, that is in charge of regulating the trucking industry in the United States believes that a vast majority of truckers, especially veteran truck drivers, are responsible drives who drive well within reasonable limits. Some others, however, are often tempted to push themselves to their limits (in order to take home bigger pays), putting so many other motorists at risk. This is because drivers are paid by the mile and never get overtime pay. Thus, to earn more, many end up driving despite lack of sleep or having no sleep at all. As a result, at least 4,000 fatal truck crashes and more than 100,00 leading to injuries are recorded by the U.S. Department of Transportation every year, with trucker fatigue being the most common cause of these crashes.

Houston truck accident attorneys say that while every motorist has the duty to safely and properly operate their vehicles in a manner that will not cause harm to others on the road, truck drivers have an even greater responsibility due to the devastating amount of damage commercial trucks can cause in accidents. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers fulfill this important duty, sometimes making reckless decisions that endanger the lives and well-being of innocent drivers on the road.

Trucks pose a major threat to other motorists because of the considerable difference in size and power between these trucks and most other vehicles on the road. Indeed, truck accidents tend to have far more serious effects than any other type of car accident in which a person may be involved. Getting hurt in a trucking accident can have life-altering consequences – more than enough reason to hold erring truck drivers and/or their employers to make them pay for the unjust damages that they cause.