DUI in the News

By Mary Ann

A new trial was granted to Renee Ellison after her Alaska DUI lawyer showed the judge that the jury did not hear about the victim’s previous injuries.

Ellison, 24, was originally convicted of Alaska DUI, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two third-degree assault charges, facing up to 13 years in prison.  But she got a lucky break when the jury of her second trial convicted her of less charges, reducing her sentence to up to fiver years in prison.

At the beginning of 2009, the UK will be launching a new police surveillance network, and companies in the United States are hoping that the network will catch on here.

Redflex and American Traffic Solutions has been talking to government officials about increasing police surveillance with red light cameras and speed cameras.  The company will be introducing an optical character recognition that will allow police to capture video records of drivers and passengers.

Is Big Brother on the DUI Beat?



Alaska DUI Campaign Challenged

By Mary Ann

The recent nationwide media blitz to raise awareness about the risks of drunk driving employed the slogan: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

Now, an Alaska DUI watchdog organization is protesting the slogan. The President of the Fairbanks chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) fears that the slogan creates the erroneous impression that it’s okay to drive right up to the limit.

Others, including some Alaska DUI enforcement officers, agree with MADD’s concerns. However, the Alaska DUI enforcement campaign is required to use the federal slogan if it wants to use the more than $6 million in federal grant money earmarked for DUI enforcement and other highway safety issues.