The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Advertising Council’s Innocent Victims public service campaign emphasizes the need to intervene and get the keys away from someone about to drive drunk. Here are some helpful tips and advice from focus group research on how people can get the keys away from a drunk driver.
If it is a close friend, try and use a soft, calm approach at first. Suggest to them that they’ve had too much to drink and it would be better if someone else drove or if they took a cab.
Be calm. Joke about it. Make light of it.
Try to make it sound like you are doing them a favor.
If it is somebody you don’t know well, speak to their friends and have them make an attempt to persuade them to hand over the keys. Usually they will listen.
If it’s a good friend, spouse, or significant other, tell them that if they insist on driving, you are not going with them. Suggest that you will call someone else for a ride, take a cab, or walk.
Locate their keys while they are preoccupied and take them away. Most likely, they will think they’ve lost them and will be forced to find another mode of transportation.
If possible, avoid embarrassing the person or being confrontational, particularly when dealing with men. This makes them appear vulnerable to alcohol and its effects.
If you have any questions about how to prevent a DUI or if you have recently been charged with a DUI, call David O Defense, 206-459-6392. Our DUI lawyers are here to help!
The hammer of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fallen hard on 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. Goodell suspended Smith for nine football games due to his violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy and substance abuse policy. Smith will start his suspension this Saturday and will finish on November 10th, the day after the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints.
The heavy suspension came shortly after Smith wrapped up his criminal cases involving DUI, possession of marijuana, and possession of weapons. Just before the start of training camp, the 24 year-old plead no contest to the DUI and weapons charges and was sentenced to three years of probation and 11 days of work crew.
After his DUI arrest back in September 2013, Smith was suspended indefinitely from the team and sought out help with substance abuse. He enrolled himself in an in-patient treatment center and has claimed he has remained sober ever since. When deciding Smith’s punishment, Goodell said he considered Smith’s time in rehab and that it was in his favor.
Niners general manager Trent Baalke supported his star athlete when he released this statement on Friday, “Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team. Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”
And yes, they better focus on their season ahead, because the Seahawks are ready to be the World Champs again! Go Hawks!!
Written by Senior DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney David O
On Monday morning 56 year-old Nancy Vaughn was arrested for DUI while en route to Estero High School where she works as an Intensive Reading teacher. Just before 7am police received calls that a red car was driving erratically and was swerving between lanes. Police caught up with the red car and noted the same reckless driving as had been reported by callers.
The police pulled Vaughn over and immediately suspected drunk driving due to the odor of alcohol, her inability to keep her balance while standing, and her blood-shot water eyes. Vaughn opted to take the DUI field sobriety tests and failed. She was arrested and taken to the local police station where she submitted a breathalyzer sample that revealed BAC levels of .258 and .273, three times over the legal limit.
With discovery of Vaughn’s recent DUI arrest the school district reassigned Vaughn to a position outside of the High School while they continue to investigate the incident.
When asked about Vaughn as a teacher, students said they had never observed her acting unusual or drunk in the classroom, they said she was nice but strict and had tons of school spirit.
Student’s opinions and feelings about their teacher’s arrest seemed to be split. One former student sided with Vaughn saying, “I mean everybody makes mistakes. I guess this is hers. But what she needs is our help, not our criticism.”
An Estero senior had an opposing view, “[She] needs to learn from her mistakes. She did it before this is the second time.” Vaughn had been arrest for DUI in the same county less than a year ago.
With this being Vaughn’s second DUI arrest she is facing tougher penalties such as increased jail time, increased fines, and a longer driver’s license suspension. She will also have to undergo longer alcohol treatment. It is in Vaughn’s best interest to hire an experienced DUI defense lawyer to help navigate through this new DUI charge and possibly a probation violation that will arise from her prior DUI.