Recently we discussed the fact that police can arrest people for driving under the influence after they've reached their destination and are no longer in their vehicle. Obviously, as we noted, the more time that's passed since you were behind the wheel, the more difficult it may be to prove that you were indeed DUI. However, it's still a possibility that Connecticut drivers should be aware of.
Police officers are going to be out in force on Connecticut roads through New Year's in patrol cars and at DUI checkpoints. If you were driving under the influence and managed to avoid having to stop at a checkpoint, getting pulled over or having police get involved at the scene of an accident, you might think that you're in the clear. However, that's not necessarily the case.
Here in Connecticut, as in many places, it's hard to drive for very far without seeing some type of graffiti on a building, underpass, street sign or even on the side of a large vehicle. Some may be no more than gang signs or other sort of identifying marks. Other may actually show some artistic talent.
For teachers, coaches and others whose work involves children and young people, some criminal charges can cost them more than fines and jail time. Legal problems can cost them their jobs and possibly their careers.
It's not news that prescription drugs can be abused, sometimes with fatal results, just as illegal drugs can be. That's why our state has implemented the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System. This program seeks to prevent patients from filling prescriptions for certain drugs from multiple prescribing physicians.