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Marijuana Induced DUI. In November 2012, the State of Washington legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.  One of the big arguments made by opponents of Initiative 502 was the legalization of marijuana would cause an increase in the number of DUI arrests.  Since the passage of Initiative 502, the opposite has actually occurred.

From December 6, 2012 till January 6, 2013 there was actually a decrease of about 30 DUI arrests from that same time frame the prior year.   Washington has set their legal driving limit at 5 nano grams per millimeter of blood.

Colorado has also been trying to set a legal limit for marijuana induced DUI.  Colorado also wishes to set their drugged driving limit at 5 nano grams per millimeter of blood.  There have been three prior attempts by Colorado lawmakers to pass such a law.  Each attempt has been unsuccessful up to this point.

It would be interesting to see if there is a similar decrease in DUI arrests if 5 nano grams per millimeter of blood were the cutoff in Colorado.  While Alabama currently does not legalize possession of marijuana, the passage of a per se marijuana state is something the citizens of Jefferson County, Alabama may one day face.

The attorneys of Boles Holmes White have a history of success in the court room and are ready to represent clients nationwide. If you find yourself facing DUI or DWI charges, it is important to find an experienced DUI attorney to represent you.

Kentucky Lawmaker Seeks to Toughen DUI Laws. Kentucky representative, Dennis Keene has filed legislation for the fourth consecutive year in an attempt to toughen DUI laws in his home state of Kentucky. House bill 286 would require all people convicted of drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles that would test a driver’s breath before allowing the engine to start.

Despite his bill being “killed” each of the last 3 years in the Senate, Keene is confident this is the year that it will pass because of a new federal law that took effect on October 1, 2012. The law, MAP-21, requires all states to mandate ignition interlock devices or they would risk losing federal highway dollars. It also sets up a discretionary grant program that allows the United States Department of Transportation to provide additional funds to states that adopt alcohol ignition interlock. The cost of the alcohol interlock device is about $3-4 a day and would come at no cost to the Kentucky taxpayers according to Robyn Robertson of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation of Canada.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, alcohol ignition interlock devices reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by an average of 64%.

Kentucky Lawmaker Seeks to Toughen DUI Laws Conclusion: Dennis Keene is a democrat that has served the citizens of the 67th District in Kentucky since 2005 which includes Campbell Country communities of: Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Wilder, Southgate, Woodlawn and part of Highland Heights. His daughter Kelly Keene Jones was nearly killed in a drunken driving accident in 2002. Keene has since become an outspoken advocate for tougher DUI laws.

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