State Requires All Convicted Drunken Drivers To Use Auto Interlock Devices

State Requires All Convicted Drunken Drivers To Use Auto Interlock Devices

Ignition interlocks gauge blood alcohol content after a person blows into a tube for several seconds. If the BAC surpasses a threshold, the engine will not spark and the would be driver cheap jerseys will either have to wait or try to cheat. (More on cheating later.)

Before Jan. 1, state law required interlocks only after a second conviction for drunken driving. Now, those with one conviction must have the device installed on any cars they plan to drive. The interlock must stay on the car for one year after the driver completes a 45 day license suspension.

After a second conviction, the driver is allowed on the road after another 45 day suspension, but the ignition lock must remain on the car for three years. The state judicial branch and Department of Motor Vehicles are the compliance monitoring agencies.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our efforts to combat drunken driving in Connecticut,” DMV spokesman William Seymour said. “When opportunities come up, we look at them and determine what the value is. In this case, there was a concerted effort to try this.”

In use since the 1980s, ignition interlocks are an increasingly popular tool in the nationwide battle against drunken driving. Currently, Connecticut, 14 other states and part of California require the devices for first time DUI convicts.

Interlocks have reduced drunken driving recidivism by a median of 67 percent, according to a 2011 news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that interlocks “reduce recidivism among both first time and repeat DWI offenders, with reductions in subsequent DWI arrests ranging from 50 to 90 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.”

If mandatory use was more widespread, up to 750 lives could be saved each year, according to a study by the NHTSA. The number of drunken driving deaths has plunged over the past three decades from 21,113 in 1982 to 10,228 in 2010, according to the NHTSA.

Most people convicted of DUI drove drunk many times before they were caught, and many continue to drive impaired after arrests and convictions, studies have found. Typically in Connecticut, a first conviction follows a second arrest because the first offense is cleared from records if the driver completes an alcohol education program, which is still part of the judicial process in Connecticut.

To drop drunken driving fatalities even further, organizations that include the CDC and MADD are pushing for more widespread use of ignition interlocks. MADD recently applauded pending national legislation that would provide financial incentives to states that expand required use.

DUI convicted drivers in Connecticut will bear the cost of interlock installation and monitoring and it’s not cheap. The DMV charges $100 for an ingition interlock application. Installation, typically done by a retail outfit that deals in automotive electronics and accessories, runs about $150. The driver also must pay monthly monitoring and maintenance costs of about $75, according to Jason Ball, director of the call center at Smart Start, a Texas based company that is among the five interlock vendors for Connecticut.

At 0.025 blood alchohol content, the interlock threshhold in the state is well below the legal driving limit of 0.08. Most people who have one drink in one hour will not surpass the 0.025 mark, but any imbibing beyond that usually will trigger a red light on the device

So what about the interlocked driver who’s had two or three beers and a shot of tequila in the past hour? Can he cheat the system by persuading a sober friend to blow into the tube?

Some states require the devices to include cameras, the surest way to prevent cheating, Smart Start President Jim Ballard said. Connecticut does not require camera equipped interlocks, but there are other ways to ensure compliance, Ballard said.

First, drivers are trained in using the devices. Activating the interlock requires a deep lung blow of several seconds, followed by a specific humming sound, Ball said. Also, drivers must submit to “rolling retests.” At random, the device alerts a driver to pull over and blow into the tube again. The interlock records threshhold breaking blows and failures to stop and re test. Monitoring agencies are supposed to regularly review the data to check compliance. Punishment for violations can include extension of the time an interlock must be on a vehicle.

Also, if a person who is supposed to be driving a car with an interlock is driving another car without the device, the monitoring agencies will be alerted that the interlock is not being used, Ballard said.

Sixty to 80 percent of interlock devices record BAC results above a set threshold, according to the NHTSA. Most people fail the tests in the early morning, the agency found.

“Experts believe most of the morning alcohol positive tests are completed by drivers who drank heavily the night before and discover the realities of alcohol dissipation curves,” according to the agency.

State puts foam under the asphalt to prevent permafrost from melting

State puts foam under the asphalt to prevent permafrost from melting

Fairbanks Daily News Miner Editorial

Thumbs up:The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is hoping to reduce future bumps in Goldstream Road by placing 4 inch foam boards in the road bed.

The cheap jerseys idea is to prevent heat from the asphalt surface from reaching the permafrost under the road. When the permafrost melts, the soil subsides and the road surface above gives drivers a roller coaster ride or worse. Goldstream Road is a fine exhibit of the phenomenon.

The foam isn’t cheap, though. Laying more than 2 1/2 miles of it will account for $2 million of the Goldstream project’s $17 million cost.

However, if it significantly extends the life of the and reduce maintenance costs during that time, it could be worth the expenditure.

Whether those results occur remains to be seen. Permafrost is temperamental material. Once it starts melting, it might not stop. Without the annual blast of heat from above, though, it could stabilize or at least not melt so fast. If that’s the outcome, drivers of the road and taxpayers in general will benefit.

Thumbs down: A grand jury in Anchorage has alleged that the demise of the Matanuska Creamery in Palmer wasn’t just a sad story of a business going under. According to an indictment announced Friday, the owners of Valley Dairy, which did business as Matanuska Creamery, submitted false documents and statements to obtain public funds for their operation.

The grand jury indicted Karen Olson, an investor and co owner of the dairy, for allegedly making false statements to get a $430,000 agricultural loan from the state. She used the money to conceal the dairy’s true financial condition, prosecutors said in a statement summarizing the indictment Friday.

Olson’s co owner, Kyle Beus, was indicted last year and is awaiting trial. Department of Agriculture so he could draw money from two federal grants totaling $643,000. The grants were intended to support a milk, cheese and ice cream manufacturing plant in Alaska.

Thumbs up: The invasion of white sweetclover hasn’t been distracting the bees too badly, it appears.

The clover plant has come to dominate the Interior’s roadside vegetation during the past few decades. Some plant experts were concerned that its abundant flowers might hog all the insects and thus reduce

the pollination rate among more useful native plants such as blueberries.

Fortunately, such effects, if they exist, are not great or even consistent. Under some conditions, researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks found, a reduction in berry crops occurred. However, in other cases, it appears the presence of sweetclover could actually enhance berry production.

That’s not to say anyone should welcome sweetclover. The plant spreads incredibly fast and crowds out everything else. It is taking over road shoulders in the Interior, and it would be unfortunate to see it do the same on the gravel and sand bars of Alaska’s wild rivers.

Thumbs up: City Mayor Jerry Cleworth has proposed to eliminate the city’s regulation of security guards for an admirable reason: The state does the job already.

Cleworth wants to get rid of the three pages of regulations on the city’s books. Those pages require the same thing as the state a criminal background check and proof of insurance.

The City Council should consider the proposed change Sept. 9.

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State power authority gives Alcoa cheapest electrical rate

State power authority gives Alcoa cheapest electrical rate

The signed off Thursday on a deal to provide bargain basement electric power to aluminum giant Alcoa’s North Country plant amid concerns it might spark a stampede of other businesses seeking the same price.

Under the deal, NYPA will cut the price of power being sold to Alcoa and tie the rate to future changes in the price of aluminum.

Alcoa also agreed to offer buyout packages to up to 100 unionized and non union workers.

Also, if the company fails to maintain 600 jobs, it would face a financial penalty that could ultimately require it to pay back to the state up to $40 million.

Alcoa touts the plant, first opened in 1902, as the longest continually operating aluminum smelter in the world. The sprawling, 2,700 acre Massena plant is at the Canadian border in St. Lawrence County. this makes for a complicated situation.”

The NYPA press office declined to disclose the current rate being paid by Alcoa, citing confidentiality. But under the agreement, based on the current depressed price of aluminum, Alcoa would pay $12.25 per megawatt hour. (A megawatt hour can run about 900 average homes)

In 2014, the average wholesale price of a megawatt hour statewide was about five times higher at $69.30, according to a report from the. The long term average is about $65 a megawatt hour.

If the price of aluminum rebounded to its recent 2011 peak, under a sliding scale in the agreement, Alcoa would be charged $29.75, more than twice what it would be today, but still significantly less than the cheap jerseys market price.

Under the worker buyout deal accepted by Alcoa, hourly employees who leave voluntarily would get a lump sum payment of $10,000, along with another $400 for every year of service; an additional $400 a month added to their monthly pension check until age 62, and loosened retirement eligibility.

State political parties failing

State political parties failing

Recent resolutions by the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee, combined with utter silence by the Alabama Democratic Party, are contributing to the Legislature’s failure to tackle the state’s dire financial problems.

The state of Alabama is paying the price for a Legislature that has for decades chosen cheap political pandering over the hard work of governing.

As they head toward the beginning of the legislative session Tuesday, lawmakers need informed input from all sources, but especially from the state political parties. The Alabama Republican Party in particular is in a unique position to remind lawmakers that they need to tackle the difficult issues, and that the people are tired of political evasions that leave solutions to future elected officials.

It was disheartening, therefore, when the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee recently passed resolutions that discouraged lawmakers from dealing with the pressing issues that face the state.

Rather than supporting a Republican governor who has finally acknowledged the state cannot function without more tax revenue, the GOP committee passed a resolution calling for Gov. Robert Bentley and lawmakers “to consider other options.”

Of course, Bentley has spent the past four years pursuing other options. Bentley’s Republican predecessor, Bob Riley, also saw the need for increased revenue.

If the GOP executive committee has discovered a new math that resolves the state’s budget problems, it should explain them, rather than resorting to the knee jerk “no new taxes” mantra.

At least the resolution on taxes was relevant to a major issue faced by the state. Constitution.

Another resolution wages the latest in dozens of attacks on the Common Core curriculum, which has been adopted with success in the state as the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

The GOP executive committee resolutions are useless, but the silence of the Alabama Democratic Party may be more culpable.

If Bentley can make lawmakers see reason, the state is facing an increase in taxes. The state Democratic Party is in a unique position to speak for low and middle class Alabamians, who already shoulder a disproportionate share of the state’s cheap jerseys tax burden. The party should be explaining both to lawmakers and to citizens that common sense measures such as ending the state deductibility of federal income taxes and reforming property taxes would raise needed revenue while shifting the tax burden to those who can afford it.

Alabama’s political parties should be helping elected officials find the political courage to implement long overdue reforms. Both parties are failing miserably.

State Police investigating cheating scandal at PSP Academy

State Police investigating cheating scandal at PSP Academy

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) Multiple sources have confirmed for ABC27 News that dozens of cadets enrolled in the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey are under investigation for cheating.

They say it is the 144th cadet class which began in September and is scheduled to graduate in March. We are told as many as 40 cadets, nearly half the class, shared tests or were given tests by former cadets.

ABC27 cameras were inside the academya few years ago. Honesty, honor, integrity, and ethics are very much a part of the daily drills. Cadets loudly shout an oath that includes the line, mustserve honestly, faithfully and, if need be, lay down my life. are also told that on day one, cadets are reminded of the cadet code including, will not lie, cheat or steal. that code has, apparently,been obliterated by the 144th cadet class.

ABC27 was told investigators still aren sure of the width and breadth of the scandal or how many classes are involved.

Also unclear ishow many, if any, cadets will be expelled or if current troopers who participated in sharing tests will be fired from the force.

We told the State Police commissioner and top brass have known of the scandal for some time.

PSP spokeswoman Maria Finn released a statement that reads: Police does not comment on, or confirm, any active internal investigation. Cheating, or any similar behavior, is absolutely unacceptable and would merit serious discipline for anyone involved. We have no further comment at this time. is not cheap to put a class through the academy. Cadets are paid and huge resources are poured into their training. Many are wondering about the potential costs of expelling a huge chunk of the class; and not just the financial cost. Those men and women are needed to replenish the ranks of the Pennsylvania cheap jerseys State Police.

ABC27 cameras have been to numerous graduation ceremonies when cadets officially become troopers. It is a happy occasion with a stage full of new troopers and an auditorium full of proud family and friends.

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State of the Nation

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Need a national news snapshot first thing well, we have you covered.

WOLLONGONG: Stephen Grimmer plans to be there when the man accused of taking his sister, Cheryl, from Fairy Meadow beach and killing her in 1970 fronts court today. Read on

LAUNCESTON: The Tasmanian government and farming body has welcomed Food Standards Australia and New Zealand’s (FSANZ) decision to recommend low THC hemp seed products be granted food status.

A government spokesman said the Tasmanian government had been a long time advocate for the use of low THC hemp in food as it would present an cheap jerseys economic opportunity for the state’s farmers. Read more

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff, pictured at a Kindred hemp farm, supports FSANZ decision. Picture: Jason Hollister.

BUNBURY: A mentally ill man who sparked a 12 hour siege in Bunbury and held his chained up friend hostage with a speargun has been sentenced to four years and nine months in a mental health facility.

David Charles Batty, 54, held his friend captive at a park in the state’s south west in July 2015 threatening to blow him up with a fake explosive he said was wrapped around his chest. Read on

David Charles Batty sparked a 12 hour siege in Bunbury in July 2015. Photo: Ashley Pearce.

BENDIGO: The Supreme Court has heard a man accused of shaking his daughter to death had “no idea” how her injuries happened when interviewed by police.

Joby Anthony Rowe, 24, was questioned by the homicide squad shortly before the death of his daughter, Alanah Rowe, on August 30, 2015.

Mr Rowe has been charged with child homicide and on Thursday the jury in his trial was played a video recording of the interview in which he denied hurting the three month old. Read on

Joby Rowe (left) arrives at the Supreme Court in Bendigo for his child homicide trial with lawyer, Alex McLennan. Picture: NONI HYETT

DUBBO: The crew involved with the emergency landing of a flight out of Dubbo have been congratulated for their skill during the incident.

Emergency services were called to Dubbo airport after a Regional Express (REX) flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday morning. There were 26 people on board the flight to Sydney when the pilot reported a right engine failure alert. Read on

The aircraft, with 23 passengers and three crew on board, departed Dubbo airport at 9.22am and landed at 10.12am flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday. Photo: File photo

HORSHAM: A gun store owner believes the duck hunting season is a Wimmera tradition that needs to continue. Read on

SA: An Eyre Peninsula woman has captured an amazing example of parental diligence with her video of an adult emu caring for a group of about 40 juveniles. Watch the video here

J and A Shooting Supplies owner Bill Jorgensen. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

National newsVIC: In the past 12 months, 82,800 Australians have moved to Victoria from interstate, around 500 carloads a week. Shyam Acharya allegedly assumed the identity of a doctor from India Dr Sarang Chitale migrated to Australia and was employed by NSW Health between 2003 and 2014. Read on

VIC: One of Jane Garrett’s former senior advisers is a contender to replace Steve Herbert in the Victorian Parliament, after he sensationally quit politics. Ending a difficult week for the Andrews government, in which further pressure was piled on the Premier over the entitlements scandal, Mr Herbert said he “no longer [had] 100 per cent to give” after 15 years in state politics. Read on

QLD: Queenslanders who lost millions of dollars in the devastating 2011 floods but whose properties suffered no physical damage could receive compensation if a second class action against Seqwater is given the go ahead on Friday morning. Read on

The Bremer River swelling in Ipswich.\ Photo: Glenn Hunt

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International newsLONDON: Major landmarks in the British capital gradually reopened on Thursday afternoon and life began to return to normal, the day after a lone attacker descended on Westminster, killing three and injuring 40 more. Read on

Scenes from central London in the wake of a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Getty Images.

BEIJING: Chinese media have blown hot and cold on Australia as Premier Li Keqiang arrived for a five day visit. To its English language audience of diplomats and business people, the state tabloid Global Times has raised the prospect of cheap Chinese infrastructure opening up Australia’s deserted north. Read on

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang to Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares.

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