Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Please keep Kelton Holloway and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
The story from the Cookeville Herald Citizen:
Monday, April 25, 2011
A drug called "Europa" scheduled as a controlled substance in several European nations has now reportedly been the cause of deaths in this country. The drug, 2C-E (2,5-dimethoxy-4- ethylphenethylamine), is a phenethylamine of the 2C family and a psychedelic.
The substance is unfortunately available for purchase on Internet web sites and often is marketed as "research chemicals" and labeled "not intended for human consumption."
The drug can cause vivid hallucinations and leave abusers with extreme aggressiveness. Beware during traffic stops that someone on this drug will not act in a rational way and may try to fight!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The idea was if a person was stopped and there was probable cause to arrest and the person had any level of heroin or cocaine or oxycontin or ecstacy in their blood AND did not have a prescription, they would have violated the DUI law in the same way as a person with a .08 Blood alcohol test. It would be a per se violation.
One defense attorney on the committee was adamantly opposed to it and we agreed to respectfully disagree. Others wanted to learn more about the concept. Hopefully, we can bring in some people this summer to educate them about the difficulties that arise in drugged driving cases and the cost to society from those cases.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Read the Department of Safety press release at:
In the case defendant Bryan Howard with a .10 BAC drove recklessly at a high rate of speed, left the roadway over-corrected and struck and killed Bradley Lively. Bill Reedy was the prosecutor in the case. Read it at:
The defendant was concerned about the possibility she would lose her commercial driver's license, which permitted her to drive a school bus, if she was arrested. Isn't it great to know that someone who acts like this gets to drive our children to school. Ugh!
The 17 year old victim in the case, Andrew Harmon, was a volunteer firefighter and an inspiration to his classmates and community. On his firefighter's shield he had an inscription that stated, "WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE FIRE YOU SHALL NOT BE BURNED, NOR SHALL THE FLAMES SCORCH YOU FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD."
You can read the Andrew Harmon obituary at:
You can read the story about the plea at:
BILLINGS - The 24-7 sobriety program heads to the Governor's desk Tuesday. If signed into law, the measure would require stringent testing of repeat D.U.I offenders.
The program would require repeat offenders to undergo twice daily tests or wear an alcohol detecting bracelet at their own expense.
Read about the program, watch a news video and learn about the law at:
Monday, April 18, 2011
April 20th is deemed by those wanting to legalise marijuana as National Pot Smoking Day. Officers should be aware that there is an increased likelihood of coming into contact with impaired drivers that may have smoked marijuana on April 20th.
April 21st is Power of Parents Day in which MADD, Nationwide Insurance and other sponsors encourage parents to speak to their children about the dangers of alcohol.
Given the proximity of the dates, maybe parents might want to include marijuana in the discussion!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The refusing to refuse trick has reared it's ugly head nine years after the Carroll decision as advise from certain DUI defense "expert" attorneys. Apparently it is a new/old game as it is popping up in various locations around the State. Don't fall for this recycled ploy! If the driver refuses to refuse or consent, strap him down to the gurney and get the blood sample. The Court is with you!
There are naysayers who commonly respond to any posting about the dangers of these drugs. These naysaters want the opportunity to get high, while ignoring the dangers associated with these substances. The Associated Press has published an article that begins with:
"Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations and even killing some people.The products are often packaged as incense or bath salts and can be obtained for as little as $10 at many head shops. As more people experiment with them, the results are becoming evident at hospitals: a sharp spike in the number of users who show up with problems ranging from labored breathing and rapid heartbeats to extreme paranoia and delusions. The symptoms can persist for days."
Read the complete, informative article at: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/12472582/1683077120/name/AP%20story%20synthetic%20drugs%20Apr%206%202011.pdf
and know that banning these drugs will accomplish good things.