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Alcohol and marijuana affect drivers differently

Impaired driving regardless of the source of intoxication could result in criminal charges for New York motorists. According to a survey, detection of marijuana in the systems of drivers has risen by 50 percent in the past seven years whereas alcohol consumption by drivers has fallen 77 percent since 1973. A scientist from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety noted that both intoxicants present dangers. Drivers impaired by alcohol tend to be more reckless, while those who are under the influence of marijuana might have slower response times.

Science moves forward in developing marijuana breath test

Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in New York as well as all other states. But unlike intoxication by alcohol, which can be measured by authorities at a stop, there is no reliable breath test for marijuana intoxication. That could change as some companies are working to develop breath testing devices for marijuana impairment.

Man accused of fatal shooting that left 2 dead

On July 5, New York authorities reported that a person who was suspected of being involved in a fatal shooting that left two dead was taken into custody. The shooting incident occurred on June 23 at about 4:45 a.m. on Cleveland Street near Hegeman Avenue in Brooklyn.

Martin Shkreli faces 20 years for alleged Ponzi scheme

New York residents who have heard about the ongoing trials of former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli may be interested to learn that, on June 26, more than 100 potential jurors in his fraud case ruled themselves out. The dismissed jurors said that they would be unable to reach an impartial decision due to his notoriety.

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