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November 2011 Archives

Man facing DUI charges after Afghanistan deployment party

When it comes to drinking and driving in Michigan, penalties can be harsh, and the effects can be long lasting. When someone younger than 21 is charged with drunk driving, they need to be aware of what could happen to them if they are convicted. A 19-year-old Howell man is facing that reality after being charged with DUI right after having to say goodbye to a friend who was about to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Ben Wallace pleads guilty to driving while intoxicated

Detroit Pistons' center Ben Wallace could be sentenced to three months in jail after he entered a guilty plea earlier this month for driving while intoxicated and possessing a firearm under the influence of alcohol.

DUI arrest in Ann Arbor Township

Sometimes it is difficult to tell exactly what happened in an alleged drunk driving incident. This is often because news reports are mostly based on police reports, which present the information from a viewpoint favorable to police. In some cases, vital information can be left out, which may have helped with determining the accuracy of the police report. That may be the case with a recent DUI arrest in Ann Arbor.

MegaBus driver faces drunk driving charges

Ann Arbor, Michigan, readers may remember an incident in 2008 when a MegaBus driver was arrested here for DUI. This time a MegaBus driver was arrested near Iowa City, Iowa, for drunk driving. The bus driver was carrying passengers from Chicago to Des Moines, when it was pulled over on Interstate 80 for failure to maintain a lane. A passenger related that he felt the bus swerve a few times, but did not suspect the driver of DUI. But when the bus pulled over, Iowa state troopers had the bus driver perform field sobriety tests, which the driver allegedly failed.

DUI, DWI fines to decrease? Driver Responsibility Act under fire

Many Michigan residents feel that the state's Driver Responsibility Act is the modern day equivalent of debtor's prison. Some are calling for its repeal, or at least a rollback of the fines imposed. The law has been on the books since 2003, supposedly designed to improve traffic safety by the imposition of more onerous fees. Critics say the real purpose is a money grab by the state to fill its coffers. Those who don't pay the fees are faced with loss of driving privileges and rapidly escalating interest and penalties.