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With DUIs, however, there are mixed messages. Most people are surprised to learn that it's not actually illegal to drink and drive. Technically, it's only illegal to drive while "impaired" by alcohol. What does "impaired" mean? Well, in most states, it means one of two things: 1) some scientific piece of equipment purports to identify, separate and measure the ethanol in your blood, e.g., by using a method called gas chromatography; or, 2) an officer, who has never met you before, just concludes that you are intoxicated by looking at you. Really. I'm not kidding. That's often what the law is.
Either way, the lesson to be drawn from our laws is not "don't ever drink and drive." Instead it's "you can drink and drive until you are 'impaired,' which is an arbitrary concept measured by 1) a sophisticated piece of machinery and a scientific method totally unavailable to the average driver; OR 2) just the opinion of some officer with zero medical or scientific training whatsoever."
Editor's Note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst and a personal injury and criminal defense attorney practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his
Let's face it, our government, along with the nightlife and alcohol industry, only pretends to abhor drinking and driving. If our federal or state governments really wanted to end drinking and driving they would simply make it a zero tolerance crime. There would be no ".08" blood alcohol content wiggle-room.
There's no permissible level of intoxication when it comes to driving on '___', or crack. And every beer commercial during the Super Bowl encourages us to drink, but to "drink responsibly." What does that even mean?
Alcohol companies can't tell us to drink responsibly and also sell beer in kegs at the same time. Sure, there are responsible uses for a keg, just not many. And any bar in America that serves shots, and also has a parking lot, is just pretending people don't drive drunk. Ultimately, drunken driving is only "sort of" illegal in this country.
ok, I get that the opinions are totally "his", but I would believe that CNN is 100% biased to his story IF other stories on this site were conservative, equally in number as they are liberal. In fact, I've been digging and I don't see any conservative opinions posted. So... CNN, it looks like you totally agree.
originally posted by: NobodiesNormal
a reply to: SteamyJeans
oh got ya, ya probably unintentional,
as to the OP, i cant access your source, says i need to log in?
if this is an article only for people registered to your source i wouldnt worry about it at all people rarely bother with sites like that.