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August 2013 Archives

Law enforcement actively looking for drunk boaters this weekend

As Labor Day weekend approaches, law enforcement agencies in Phoenix and across Arizona will be carrying on the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign specifically targeted at keeping drunk drivers off the road. The reasoning is fairly simple: with more people on the road, the potential for fatal accidents (due to alcohol consumption) increases. As such, drivers can expect additional patrols and sobriety checkpoints if they are going to be on the road.

NYPD Commissioner believes court ruling will harm minorities

A federal judge in New York City recently ruled that the application of the police department's "stop and frisk" policy violated the Fourth and Fourteenth amendments of the United States Constitution. The ruling came as a result of a discrimination case brought against the city based on complaints of African Americans and Hispanic Americans who were essentially profiled by police because of their races. 

Mandatory minimums may not apply to low-level drug offenders

In a move that echoes a long-standing notion about low-level, non-violent drug offenders, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new policy regarding how such criminal cases would be prosecuted. In remarks given at the ABA National Conference in San Francisco, Holder said that "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason.” 

Could saliva tests be used in DUI stops?

Much has been said about the problems inherent with breathalyzer tests in Arizona. These include handheld machines used in the field, as well as stand alone machines used in police stations. Essentially, the calibration on them may not always be up to date, which would lead to inaccurate results.