Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's Normal Driving? People Make Driving Mistakes But is it Due to Drugs or Alcohol?

People Make Mistakes, btw I've done this one

I love to check out USA Today. Every time I'm at a Hilton property (quite often) they have a copy for me. Kinda like news light with a touch of National Inquirer thrown in for good measure. Or for those New Yorkers, kinda like the New York Post married the Times and they had a kid.

Little tidbits, surveys, and as they quip "USA snapshots," they own that btw So a recent little piece caught my eye. It was on a survey in which people were asked their most embarrassing car goof moments:

Out of 2,000 people surveyed (sounds like Family Feud now?)

50% forgot where they parked their car (I've had DWIs with these)
43% ran over a curb in a parking lot (other DWIs)
34% drove the wrong way down a one way street (countless DWIs and DWAIs)

So was everyone in their survey drunk, impaired by a drug, intoxicated by alcohol: NO

In fact these were all SOBER goofs. In any DWI or DWAI prosecution there may be some or a lot of drug based driving behavior or maybe it's just some or a lot of stupid driving?

Always consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

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