Century Council Press Announcement on Reducing Recidivism
The Century Council has partnered with the Division on Addictions at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, to reduce drunk driving recidivism among the highest risk offenders. They will conduct a briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, from 9-10 am at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The briefing will feature Dr. Howard Shaffer and Dr. Sarah Nelson from the Division on Addictions. In addition to a discussion on the strong links between substance use, DUI, criminal behavior, and underlying mental health issues, they will demonstrate the Computerized Assessment Referral System, their cutting edge clinical report generator tool to advance treatment of DUI offenders. Click here for more information.
Youtube DUI Causing Death Confession
The LA Times reported on Septmember 9, 2013 that an Ohio man used YouTube to confess to a fatal drunk driving crash and has since been indicted. Twenty-two year old Matthew Cordle was driving the wrong way on a highway in Columbus, Ohio in June 2013 when he struck a vehicle being driven by 61 year old Vincent Canzani. Canzani was killed and Cordle was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. The newspaper article contains a link to the Youtube confession. The interesting aspect of this story is that it demonstrates another way that social media has become intertwined with the judicial system.
Liability for Knowingly Texting the Driver of an Automobile?
The Superior Court of New Jersey published an opinion on August 27, 2013 in the case of Linda Kubert and David Kubert v. Kyle Best, Susan R. Best Executrix of the Estate of Nicholas J. Best Deceased and Shannon Colonna. In 2009, Kyle Best was driving while he was sending and receiving text messages from his girlfriend, Shannon Colonna. Ms. Colonna sent Mr. Best a text message and 17 seconds later he called 911 for assistance. In the interim seconds, Mr. Best had drifted from his lane of traffic and hit the plaintiffs head on, leaving them with horrific injuries. The plaintiffs sued both Mr. Best and Ms. Colonna. The Court stated, “We hold that the sender of a text message can potentially be liable if an accident is caused by texting, but only if the sender knew or had special reason to know that the recipient would view the text while driving and thus be distracted.” However, in this case they ruled that Ms. Colonna was unaware that Mr. Best was driving at the time the text was sent, so she avoided any potential liability.
The Debate Over a .05 BAC Limit
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