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Women drivers, alcohol and DUIs

Many people in Minneapolis are aware that drinking and driving are a dangerous combination. That knowledge is not preventing some of them from receiving DUI charges. According to the Startribune.com, for every seven drivers on the road, one of them has a DUI on their record. Many of those drivers are women. The number of DUI-related arrests for women has increased throughout the years, while the number of male-related offenders has declined. Any woman who decides to drink socially and drive should learn how DUIs can affect her future.

What you should do following a car accident

Picture this: You and your spouse are on your way home from a wedding reception at a local country club. You have had a couple of drinks and should feel relaxed, but instead feel tense because visibility is poor as you drive through a heavy rainstorm on unfamiliar roads. An SUV comes toward you out of the gloom and suddenly you find yourself involved in a car accident. What should you do?

Friday night lights: Getting pulled over for DWI

It's Friday night. The party died down in the wee hours of the morning and you set out for home in your car. It's been a few hours since you've consumed any alcohol and you don't feel intoxicated. As you cruise down the highway, thinking about the admirer you just met, red and blue lights flash brightly in your review mirror. Your heart leaps into your throat but you pull over to the side.

Earn a major in smarts by avoiding a minor in possession

They've graduated high school and are ready to live in their own place, miniscule as it may be. Your college-bound children may feel that they're leaving the realm of adolescence behind and will soon gain entry into the adult world, one teeming with new freedoms and rights: unlimited curfew, endless social engagements and myriad caloric options. If your child is still a minor, though, there are a few restrictions that can hamper the laissez-faire existence he's crafted for himself on campus.

Twins' pitching coach refuses breath test

By now, you have probably already heard that the Twins' pitching coach, Neil Allen, was arrested for DWI after refusing to take a Breathalyzer test in the early morning hours of May 26, 2016. With this arrest, he has been suspended, and his career is in jeopardy with the Twins. Can police arrest someone for DWI when they refuse to take a breath test? The answer is yes.

Oral arguments: What's the fate of Minnesota's implied consent law?

If you follow this blog, you know that we have been tracking the recent evolution of drunk driving mandates - especially in terms of implied consent laws. The laws are subject to possible change this year, as this previous blog explains: The future of blood-alcohol tests in Minnesota.

Eat, drink, and be careful

Did you have a good St. Patrick's Day? You do not have to be Irish in Minnesota to partake in the festivities, as nearly all Twin Cities residents celebrate this jovial holiday. Last week, streets were overflowing with green: green clothing, green food and green beer. Drinking is a staple of this Irish celebration. Every bar from Kieran's to O'Gara's was packed with imbibers.

The future of blood-alcohol tests in Minnesota

In late December 2015, the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined that the state cannot prosecute motorists for refusing to submit to warrantless urine tests. The decision is in accordance with the Fourth Amendment principles. The practice is deemed a "search," and unless the suspect provides voluntary consent, a warrant is required for urine testing.

Extra DWI enforcement over the holidays

Thanksgiving is done, but we still have a few other holidays in sight. Besides friends and family, nothing is more warming during the winter freeze than peppermint schnapps, hot cider or eggnog with a little bourbon. However, if you decide to get your jolly "buzz" on during this holiday season, please be careful. According to the Pioneer Press, over 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be working long hours to crack down on drunk driving during the next few weeks.

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