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    DUIs and Defensive Driving: Resources for Further Reading

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Driving is something that most of us do every day. But a daily activity can quickly turn dangerous if alcohol or distracted behavior is involved. The online resources below can help you protect yourself and others on the road by outlining safe driving practices and the consequences of distracted or drunk driving.

    • Speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are all included on this list of hazardous driving conditions. Keep in mind the suggested tips for safe driving to keep yourself alert and safe on the roads.
    • You may always wear your seatbelt, but the lessons you learned in driving school may be a little hazy. Read this article on safe driving behavior that applies from the service road to the freeways.
    • While we know that speeding can be dangerous, most of us still do it in the rush of our daily lives. This article from CNN Money discusses how slowing down can actually save you money on fuel costs, leaving you with more money in your pocketbook and potentially reducing your chances of having an accident.
    • If you are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, remember that you do have rights that can help protect you if you are charged. Read this website for more information on what to do if you are suspected of DUI or DWAI.

    For more information about DUIs in Colorado and Denver, please contact The Orr Law Firm. The Orr Law Firm, L.L.C. is Colorado’s premier DUI defense law firm and focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal traffic defense. Call us today at (720) 279-9588.

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    Safe Driving Tips to Keep You Safe, Out of Trouble

    Last updated 6 years ago

    With schedules packed with work, meetings, and family obligations, the rush of daily life often continues out onto the roads. Although few people enjoy sitting in traffic, rushed or distracted driving can often have severe consequences. Safe driving habits can not only keep you from getting fines or having your license suspended, but they can also ensure the safety of you and others on the road.

    Don't Drive While Impaired

    We've all been warned not to drive drunk, and yet, drunk driving still contributes to nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.  Even at low-levels, blood alcohol content can impair coordination and delay reaction time. A DUI or DWAI charge can also earn you a trip to court and can result in heavy fines, the loss of a license, or even jail time.

    Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Get a good night's sleep before you go on a trip, and if you do feel tired, take a break to nap or wait until you feel more alert.

    Don't Speed

    Speeding may not only result in a traffic fine, but it is also a contributing factor in many accidents. Speeding may not actually save you time; in fact, it can waste gas and money. Especially with gas prices rising, speeding is not the worth the wasted fuel or the risk of causing an accident.

    Be Alert

    If you aren't watching the road, following the speed limit or signaling correctly may not be enough to keep you from having an accident. According to the NHTSA, “20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.” To keep yourself alert on the road, keep your eye constantly moving between the road and your mirrors, and avoid using your phone while driving. Staying alert will keep you aware of upcoming traffic dangers, giving you time to react.

    Being aware of your driving and your surroundings may prevent further accidents from occuring. If you have been charged with a traffic violation or suspected of DUI, please contact The Orr Law Firm LLC, Denver, Colorado's premier DUI defense law firm. Visit Orr Law online or call us today at (720) 279-9588.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Defensive Driving Tips: Proper Following Distance

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Safe driving habits and maintaining the proper following distance can prevent some car accidents from ever happening. In this video, former sheriff and driving instructor Doug Harvey outlines the best following distances for various circumstances. Depending on the conditions of the roads, you should maintain at least one or two car lengths between your car and the one in front of you.

    How many times have you stopped short at a stop light only to have the car behind you come dangerously close to your bumper? If you are the proper distance behind the vehicle in front of you, you should still be able to see the bottom of its wheels touch the ground when you are stopped.

    Being aware of your driving and your surroundings may prevent further accidents from occuring. If you have been charged with a traffic violation or suspected of DUI, please contact The Orr Law Firm LLC, Denver, Colorado's premier DUI defense law firm. Visit Orr Law online or call us today at (720) 279-9588.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    US Senators Call for End of DUI Checkpoint Apps

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Four United States senators have asked companies like Apple, Google, and Research in Motion “to remove apps that provide users with information about DUI checkpoints,“ writes PC Mag. An excerpt from that letter, written by Democratic Sens. Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Mark Udall, reads: "With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety.”

    These digital tools, the letter claims, “[gives] drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, [it] is a matter of public concern.”

    On his DUI blog, attorney Lawrence Taylor counters that “a number of years ago the Michigan Supreme Court held that DUI roadblocks (aka "sobriety checkpoints) were unconstitutional. Such warrantless stops, the court correctly concluded, were a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution since American citizens cannot be stopped in their cars without reasonable suspicion to believe that they had committed a crime.”

    The United States Supreme Court ultimately reversed the ruling of the state court, acknowledging that these stops did violate citizens’ rights but only minimally. Although Chief Justin Rehnquist did find that ensuring highway safety outweighed these minimal violations, the Supreme Court left it to the states to determine how to minimize these intrusions.

    What are your thoughts about DUI checkpoints and using smart phone apps to recognize them? To read the full story, visit PC Mag and Lawrence Taylor’s blog online.

    For more information about DUIs in Colorado and Denver, please contact The Orr Law Firm. The Orr Law Firm, L.L.C. is Colorado’s premier DUI defense law firm and focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal traffic defense. Call us today at (720) 279-9588.



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