Thursday, November 09, 2006

Back in Action

I'll be back at work tonight after a few weeks off. I'm hoping my uniform still fits after all the food I ate during vacation.

Awhile back, an eldery woman called to report a break-in at her house. The house looked undisturbed and all windows and doors were locked securely. We've been to this woman's house before and believe her to have some mental issues.
"How do you know your house was broken into?", my squadmate asked.
"I just know; He does it all the time."
"How does he get in?"
"Through the keyhole in the door."
"How can a man fit through a keyhole?"
"You know what they say, son: If you can get past the first knuckle, you can get it all the way in."
(unsure how to answer) "Okay, we'll look out for the guy."

Public Safety Announcement: Don't Drink and Drive. Even a few drinks are enough to get you in serious trouble.

Arizona DUI notes:

-You can be arrested for DUI even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is less than .08 (the law says if your impaired "to the slightest degree" you can be charged.)

-If you have BAC of .15 or more, you get charged with DUI and Extreme DUI and are subject to fines/penalties for both charges.

-If you are involved in an accident while DUI where injury occurs, you'll be charged with aggravated assault (a felony) instead of DUI (a misdemeanor). This includes injuries to a passenger in your own car.

-Your car will be impounded for 30 days if you are extreme DUI (costs about $650 to get it back and may be seized permanently by the tow company if not claimed between the 31 and 45th day.)

-fines and penalties include:
DUI: 10 days in jail + $250 minimum fine + $500 prison construction fee + $500 general fee + community service
(If this is 2nd conviction w/in past 5 years): 90 days jail, $250 min + $1,250 + $1,250 + community service + driver license suspended for 1 year + igintion interlock device installed on car after suspension ends (costs thousands).

Extreme DUI: 30 days jail + $250 minimum fine + $1,000 prison construction fee + $1,000 general fee + ignition interlock device installed on vehicle + restitution of all court and incarceration costs.
(If already have DUI conviction in past 5 years): 120 days jail + $500 min + $1,250 + $1,250 + driver license suspended at least 1 year + ignition interlock device + community service.

Obviously, the real danger is causing injury or death to someone else. Even minor collisions will subject you to lawsuits with unlimited monetary damages. Bottom line: Get a designated driver. It's not worth the risk. Be safe and be smart.

2 Comments:

At November 11, 2006 9:07 PM, Blogger Meander said...

i just love your stories...are there other cops who write blogs like you?

 
At November 18, 2006 4:08 PM, Anonymous LC said...

I hope all your blog readers take this one to heart. It just isn't worth it! Stay safe.

 

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