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March 2018 Archives

Key things to know about the Pennsylvania breathalyzer test

If you’re driving a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania, you’re considered to be giving implied consent to a breathalyzer—or blood or urine—test, should a police officer have reason to believe you’re driving under the influence of alcohol of drugs (DUI). In this post, we examine important laws surrounding the breathalyzer process as well as the consequences of refusing this test.

How to recognize and respond to a drunk driver on the road

Drunk drivers can pose a huge threat to the safety of others on the road. It's important to be able to tell the difference between a drunk driver and an unattentive or aggressive driver. In this post, we identify some of the indicators drunk driving and lay out some basic guidelines for how to respond:

What role does family law play in transgender rights?

More than ever before in history, "transgender" is now becoming a familiar household term. Aided by celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner to pioneering TV series such as Transparent, the general public has been quickly gaining awareness and understanding of transgender issues.

Pennsylvania police tackle aggressive drivers: March 19-April 29

Pennsylvania law enforcement is taking tough action against aggressive drivers. It is implementing a series of targeted campaigns, with the goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities connected to aggressive driving.

Spousal support in Pennsylvania: after the divorce decree

In our last post, we discussed how spousal support works for couples who are separated but are not yet legally divorced. In this post, we examine the specifics of financial support to an ex-spouse after the divorce is finalized. This type of payment is known as alimony.

Could I face civil and criminal charges for the same offense?

The majority of personal injury cases involve negligence--e.g., a doctor failing to properly diagnose a patient, or a driver falling asleep at the wheel--which results in pain and suffering for the plaintiff. However, some types of personal injury are inflicted intentionally.

Alcohol abuse down among PA teens. But is this trend permanent?

The Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup has released a new study on alcohol use among teenagers and pre-teens (between the ages of 12 and 17). The initial findings should provide comfort to parents of children in this age group. The research, which was conducted between 2010 and 2016, found the following trends:

Don’t read this while driving

We’ve all seen it. The person in the car next to you is holding up their cell phone, the driver’s face glowing from the screen’s light while they text and drive. They’re moving slower than the rest of traffic. The dead giveaway is the weaving—and the sudden, jerky corrections to attempt to stay in the center of the lane.

PA men are more distracted than women behind the wheel

In the smart phone era, opportunities for distraction are virtually limitless. In 2012, Pennsylvania passed a law making it illegal to text while driving. It prohibits reading, writing or sending any type of text-based message—including email or other form of instant message.

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