drunk driving

Drunk Driving Convictions Now Prohibited From Being Expunged

by Staff | December 30th, 2015

Each year, thousands of motorists are arrested in Indiana for driving under the influence of alcohol. What’s more disturbing, is that estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show roughly one-third of those who are taken into custody for drunk driving have a previous operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense on their record.

Many of these repeat drunk drivers have been able to avoid harsh punishments for their actions by having their prior convictions expunged or removed from their records. However, a new ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals has put an end to the practice.

The court found that a previous ruling to expunge an Indiana man’s OWI conviction from his record was in violation of federal law requiring the state to report all drunk driving convictions to a national database. Failure to comply with the regulation could result in Indiana losing as much as $32 million in federal funding.

Indiana Public Media reports the threat of this loss was just one reason why the Judge ruled to overturn the Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s current policy of allowing OWI convictions to be expunged from a driver’s record.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we believe in holding all drunk drivers accountable for their actions. That’s why our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers would like to applaud the courts for their actions to ensure a drunk driver’s history is transparent.

 

Campaign Aims to Reduce Terre Haute DUI Accident Totals

by Staff | August 25th, 2015

Drunk driving continues to be a threat to everyone who is on the road. Reports show that last year alone, a total of 101 Indiana motorists lost their lives in crashes where alcohol consumption was a contributing factor.

Our Terre Haute DUI accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that our city is working to keep drunk drivers off of the road. It was announced that beginning on Wednesday, August 19, the Indiana State Police and the Terre Haute Police Department would be partnering to conduct the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

WTHITV 10 News reports that as part of the program, the agency will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrols in the weeks leading up to the Labor Day weekend. The program seems to be working better each year it has been conducted.

In 2013, the campaign was responsible for taking a total of 44 drunk drivers off of the roads in the Terre Haute area. The following year, the number decreased to 38 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officials say that drunk driving accidents are preventable and that you can do your part to keep our roads safe by reporting suspected drunk drivers. Our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would also suggest establishing a designated driver before going anywhere you may consume alcohol. If you can’t find a designated driver, plan to take a cab home.

Please, stay safe and sober when driving!

Woman killed by a Chicago man driving under the influence

by fst | March 20th, 2008

March 20, 2008

A man in lost control of his sports utility vehicle on Highway 57 in a Chicago auto accident and rolled it over into the Interstate ditch.

The front seat passenger in the SUV, a twenty-two-year-old Illinois woman, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead by the State Police later that night.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the driver, who caused the Chicago drunk driving accident, was under the influence of alcohol and cannabis. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries and faces several charges, including driving under the influence.

No other vehicles were involved in the fatal Illinois drunk driving accident.