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What if you committed a crime while you were asleep?

A few weeks ago, the American Broadcasting Company fired Roseanne Barr from the reboot of her popular TV sitcom “Roseanne” after she posted racist comments on Twitter. In an effort to justify her behavior, the comedian and actress explained that it was a result of having taken the sleep aid Ambien the night before. Sanofi—the manufacturer of the drug—released a statement refuting her claim, stating that there is no drug that causes racism.

The layered penalties for drugged driving in Pennsylvania

Last month, a Pennsylvania woman rear-ended two vehicles in Westover. When they police arrived, they determined she was high on heroin. With her in the vehicle was her one-year-old son—who was sitting in the back seat without proper restraint. The woman was arrested, and her son was given to a family member.

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:

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:

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.

New DUI penalties take effect


New drunk driving penalties will take effect in Pennsylvania on Aug. 25 that will permit first-time offenders to continue driving if they install ignition interlock devices. Proponents argue that this law will lead to safer driving in the state. Ignition interlocks require a driver to breathe into the device before operating the vehicle. It prevents the car from starting if the driver's blood alcohol content level is above 0.025 percent.

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