18 Sep 2014

MELANIE’S LAW 2

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In my last blog, I described how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed “Melanie’s Law” in order to enhance the penalties and sanctions for Massachusetts offenders who Operate Under the Influence (OUI).  An OUI is often referred to as a DUI or Driving Under the Influence in other states.  Melanie’s Law was named for 13-year-old Melanie Powell, who was killed in 2003 by a drunk driver while walking with her friends to a birthday party.

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18 Sep 2014

MELANIE’S LAW

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On October 28, 2005, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed “Melanie’s Law.” The purpose of “Melanie’s Law” was to enhance the penalties and administrative sanctions for offenders in Massachusetts who Operate Under the Influence (OUI). An OUI is more popularly referred to as a DUI in other states. It was the result of a campaign by friends of a young girl, who was killed by a repeat drunk-driver.

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Perhaps you had a few drinks and hit a stop sign…or a tree…or a curb.  Or you were swerving from lane to lane…or driving erratically.  The police came along and checked your driver’s license.  They asked you to do some field sobriety tests.  Recite the alphabet…without singing it.  Stand on one foot.  Count backwards from 100 to 87.  Walk 9 steps heal to toe, then turn around and walk back.  Maybe they asked you to take a breath test.

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People have tried some pretty funny things to get out of a DUI charge. One of the all-time favorite fake-outs has to be from Tommy Boy. You remember the scene. Tommy and Richard are driving down the road, high from a leak in the NOS, when the police turn on their lights. They start freaking out (as many are want to do). What to do? They can’t get pulled over. They have to get off the charge. So, of course, they pretend their car is infested with bees. Bees. Tons of bees. Bees swarming all over them, stinging them, causing them to scream out in pain. The cops, seeing this play out, freeze. They are both deathly allergic to bees. So they tell them to roll around on the ground, jump back in their car and drive away.

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