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Drunk driving charges in Pennsylvania

In many places across the country, including Pennsylvania, legislation related to drunk driving has become stricter over the years. In 2003, Act 24 lowered the legal blood-alcohol content level from .10 to .08 and created a series of penalties that depend on the BAC level of the accused driver and their prior history with DUI charges. People in certain categories, including minors, truck drivers, school bus drivers or those involved in injury crashes, can be targeted for stricter enforcement.

Intoxicated man struggles with police after urinating on truck

A long struggle resulted when Pennsylvania State Police troopers encountered a man urinating on a running truck next to East Queen Street in Chambersburg. Court documents detailed the encounter that began when troopers questioned the 24-year-old that they described as stumbling with bloodshot eyes.

Avoiding drunk driving over St. Patrick's Day weekend

Law enforcement throughout Pennsylvania will be cracking down on drunk drivers over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that on St. Patrick's Day in 2016, drunk drivers caused nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. In the first six hours of March 18, drunk drivers were involved in more than two-thirds of all deadly accidents.

Drug DUIs could be an issue for legal marijuana users

Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Pennsylvania. However, authorities there are concerned that residents may be charged with a DUI even if they are not under the influence of the substance. This is because a driver may be charged with a DUI if any amount of a schedule one drug is found in their system. For those who have medical authority to use marijuana, the law could be problematic.

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