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Experts Recommend Parental Role in Reducing Teen DUI

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Underage DUI is rising across the United States, and colleges, high schools, parents and Los Angeles DUI lawyers have been struggling to educate teenagers about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and the long-term legal repercussions of having a DUI conviction on your record.

Evidence that underage drinking is on the increase can be seen in the fact that teenaged driver-related accidents are up again. It's clear that teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol are causing many of these accidents.

Unfortunately, although there are laws that specifically prohibit teenage motorists from driving with any amount of alcohol in the system, underage drinking is a fact of life in the United States. Far too many teenagers are able to access alcohol on campus, at home, or at friends’ homes, and may not realize that if they're caught driving intoxicated, there can be long-term legal repercussions.

Parents can play a huge role in helping reduce the risk of a DUI arrest involving their child. Very often, DUI arrests occur because teenagers are simply not aware that they can be arrested even if they're driving after having had just a couple of beers. The maximum legally allowed blood alcohol level for a teenage driver is zero, which means that a teenage driver cannot be driving with any amount of alcohol in his blood.

As a parent, you must educate your child about the serious consequences involved if he does get pulled over and arrested for DUI. A DUI arrest can lead to a blot on his record, a suspension of his license, and could possibly interfere with his prospects of getting admission into a good college.

Pizza Hut Workers Sue Franchise Owner for Unpaid Wages

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A group of Pizza Hut workers are taking legal action against the owner of several franchises across the country. The franchise owner NPC International owns several Pizza Hut restaurants, spread across 20 states. According to the lawsuit that has been filed against NPC International, the company failed to pay overtime pay in several cases.

There are 5 sets of plaintiffs involved in the legal action. The first of the 5 suits alleges that company managers received incentives to encourage employees to work and attend training sessions that were off the clock, and alleges that the plaintiffs did not receive payment for their off the clock work.

In the 2nd lawsuit, two shift managers allege that shift managers were also encouraged to require employees to work off the clock at the Pizza Hut franchisee outlet. Similar allegations have also been made by a delivery driver for one of the company's Tennessee outlets.

The fifth lawsuit has been filed by a number of employees of the Pizza Hut franchises, including waiters and waitresses, who allege that the company forced them to perform duties that were not related to their normal responsibilities. Those duties included cleaning and rolling silverware. Those activities were performed for more than 20% of their working hours, but according to the lawsuit, they were only paid server’s wages.

The plaintiffs seek minimum wages for the hours that they spent performing activities for which they did not earn any tips, and overtime where applicable. They also allege in their lawsuit, that they were required to report receiving more tips than actually did, so the company would not have to make up the difference to establish that they were receiving minimum-wage. San Jose employment lawyers find that this is a fairly common trick by employers, because federal law allows employers to pay less than minimum wage, if tips can make up the difference.

Breathometer Helps Smartphone Users Avoid DUI Arrests

Friday, March 29, 2013

Handheld breathalyzer devices that help motorists determine their breath alcohol level in order to avoid the risk of DUI have been around for a while now. However, a California-based company has taken such breathalyzers one step further, and developed a device that can be plugged into your smartphone to deliver a breath alcohol reading.

The device is called a breathometer, and is designed to work with both the Android and ios smartphones. The company recently met its Indiegogo funding goal of $25,000 in order to help develop these devices recently, and says that it will improve software that will help increase the potency of the device.

The breathalyzer must first be plugged into the smartphone. The breathalyzer comes with a grill on top of the device, into which the person is required to breathe. An app then determines the breath alcohol content, and delivers an accurate reading, so that the person can determine whether it is safe for him to drive. The breath alcohol reading is displayed in an easy-to-read display. It also color codes the reading, with “red” signifying that it is dangerous for you to drive, and “green” signifying that the reading is low enough for you to drive.

There are other features of the device that are very interesting to Alabama DUI lawyers. For instance, the device will maintain a record of all your breath-alcohol readings. The developers of the device also plan to add features like a push button cab service, which would automatically call a cab if you're too intoxicated to drive.

The device is now available for $50. It is a little more expensive than other handheld breathalyzer devices, but users are likely to find it more convenient.

Research Sheds Light on Ways to Combat Drugged Driving

Friday, March 22, 2013

Driving under the influence of drugs is a widely underestimated killer on American roads. California car accident lawyers have found that part of the challenge in reducing the number of accidents caused by people driving under the influence of drugs has been very weak legislation, and public policies that have not been as effective in cracking down on drug driving as they have been on cracking down on drunk driving.

The new study was published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, and provides clues to a potential pattern for public policy aimed at stemming drug driving. The study specifically focused on cannabis, which is believed to be the 2nd most frequent cause of intoxicated driving, next to alcohol.

In 2009, almost 13% of young adults reported that they drove under the influence of illicit drugs. In the 2007 National Roadside Survey, there were more drivers who tested positive for drugs in their bloodstream, than alcohol.

In the research, 30 chronic cannabis smokers were isolated in a secular research unit for 33 days. Blood samples were collected from the subject every day. Out of the 30 participants, 27 tested positive for cannabis at the time that they were admitted into the secure facility. However, the amount of cannabis in the bloodstream decreased gradually over the period of the study, and on the 26th day, only 1 out of 11 participants tested negative for cannabis. Towards the end of the study period, there were only 2 out of 5 who remained positive for cannabis.

According to the researchers, the study clearly proves for the first time that cannabinoids can be detected in the blood stream of people who had smoked cannabis on a daily basis or chronic cannabis smokers, even when they have been through months of sustained abstinence from cannabis. They believe that the study findings can be used to establish per se cannabis-related regulation and to improve the prosecution of motorists who drive under the influence of cannabis.


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