Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tipsy Tow returns for the holidays

If you are out this Thanksgiving weekend and find that you have had a few too many, take advantage of the Tipsy Tow service offered by AAA Oklahoma. Tipsy Tow will give a free tow and ride home to anyone that has had too much to drink and makes the wise choice not to drive. There is a limit of 15 miles. The Tipsy Tow service is available from 6 pm Wednesday through Midnight Sunday Nov. 28 in metro Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Ardmore, Enid, Muskogee, and Shawnee. This is a very proactive way to reduce Oklahoma DUI s and drinking and driving.

To request a ride, call 800-222-4357.

The Hunsucker Legal Group and Edge Law Firm promotes resposible social drinking and encourages our friends and clients to take advantage of this offer to avoid an Oklahoma drunk driving charge if they have a little too much to drink.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Powerful DUI Ad

Although the Hunsucker Legal Group protects responsible social drinking, we are aware and concerned about the problem of obvious impaired drivers taking the wheel.

The Australians have produced a 5 minute video encouraging safe driving and discouraging drinking and driving. It is a very powerful video and I highly suggest it as a means to make your young drivers aware of the potential life consequences of drinking and driving. It is moving and somewhat graphic but is well done and will hopefully make your and your family's holiday a safe one.

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John Hunsucker

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Russian DUI Camera

Imagine going to dinner with a girl that you had just started dating. You have a soda and she had a glass of wine with dinner. In her nervousness, she accidentally spills part of it on her blouse. After dinner, you are taking her to her house. It's 1 am, dark and the road is empty. You are violating no laws. All of the sudden, a patrol car comes out of nowhere with its lights flashing and you are summoned to pull over. Then, you are pulled out of the car and requested to perform roadside agility tests that most people can not do if completely sober. All of this is front of the new girl you are trying to impress. This can't happen in America where the 4th amendmant protects me from unreasonable seizures. Think again.

There is a new device that the manufacturer claims can detect alcohol vapors in moving cars. the Russian firm Laser Systems claim their Alcolaser, using spectroscopy, has a range of 65 feet and can be used on vehicle traveling up to 75 mph. The device is available as a hand held gun the size of a radar gun or as a fixed mounted unit in a patrol car.

Taking about a half second to scan a car, the manufacturer claims the device can detect quantities as small as a quart of beer or 3.5 ounces of vodka without interference from other sources of ethanol. When a person has consumed alcohol, he will exhale alcohol vapors when he breathes. Using spectroscopy, the device looks at how light is specifically scattered after hitting a specific type of molecule. The problem lies with the device not being able to distinguish whether the vapors are coming from the passenger, beer spilled in the floor, or the driver.

In my opinion, using this device to justify stopping vehicles for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) would be a violation of the 4th amendment, I can also see where the political pressures to stop drunk drivers could give leeway for some courts to say this is ok. Remember, you could be stopped just because your son/daughter did the right thing and called you for a ride when they had too much to drink.