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January 2017 Archives

Law enforcement lacks a reliable marijuana impairment test

The recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in New York, but police officers in the state still encounter drivers who appear to be under the influence of the drug on a regular basis, whether for allowed medical use or otherwise. There is currently no reliable way to determine whether or not a motorist is operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, and this is a source of serious concern for law enforcement agencies across the country.

Rare condition causes high BAC without drinking

When a New York woman registered a blood alcohol level of .40 on a breath test after being pulled over for suspected DUI in 2015, police immediately rushed her to a hospital. But she had not had a drink in hours, and she had no symptoms despite having a life-threatening level of alcohol in her system. It turned out that the woman suffers from a rare medical condition called auto-brewery syndrome, which causes carbohydrates to turn into alcohol in the body. DUI charges that had been filed against the woman were dropped, and she underwent treatment for her condition.

Man pleads guilty to hiding money from tax agency

The former head of an energy service company pleaded guilty to misappropriating $18.5 million in taxable profits to invest them in a mining operation in the Congo Republic. On Jan. 4, 2017, the man agreed to pay $670,000 as restitution for New York state taxes he evaded in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also admitted to state felony charges of offering a false instrument of filing and tax fraud.

Fewer people driving drunk

Data shows that fewer people in New York and elsewhere are driving while they are under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, the rates of people who drive under the influence of drugs have fallen since 2008 and have remained stable for several years.

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