A former Perry, Utah police officer has been sentenced in his plea deal on bribery charges that alleged the man had tried to sway a state trooper in a separate drunk driving case. Authorities say that the former cop bribed the trooper to miss a hearing associated with a DUI case involving a former Ogden, Utah police officer. The Ogden man reportedly was charged with DUI, but was seeking a job that required a commercial driver's license. Authorities accused the former Perry officer of seeking to assist the former Ogden officer in being able to attain the CDL.
Police say a BMW barreled into an SUV in a carport, pushing the SUV into the side of a duplex early Friday. West Valley Police surrounded the BMW with guns drawn. Law enforcement reportedly had been chasing the BMW. Police arrested the BMW driver on a series of charges, including felony fleeing, resisting arrest and being an alcohol-restricted driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,808 people died in highway crashes on our nation's highways in 2009. Of this number, an estimated 10,839 people-about 32 percent-of these human losses related to alcohol-impaired driving. Drunk driving continues to be a public health and safety issue, and all 50 states have strict laws in place to combat the problem. However, law enforcement officials are now facing an unexpected adversary in the fight to keep roads and citizens safe: smartphones.
Utah Senator John Valentine (R-Orem) is writing legislation to modify some of the state's liquor laws. One notable change would affect the way hotels are allowed to serve liquor to guests who order room service.
Each year, the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice releases a DUI report to the state legislature. They recently released the DUI report for the 2010 fiscal year.
Drunk driving in the United States continues to be a problem with drivers causing thousands of auto accidents and fatalities each year. And along with thousands of collisions, there are thousands of drunk-driving convictions. A DUI carries tremendous consequences - even if it's a first offense.