alabama DUI

High School Football Coach in Huntsville Arrested on DUI Charges

by Norris Injury Lawyers | August 16th, 2011

August 16, 201

The head football coach at Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama, was arrested on Saturday, August 13, on suspicion of DUI while on school property.

The 45-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after blowing a .12 on a breathalyzer test, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski told The Huntsville Times. The legal limit in Alabama is .08.

A neighbor had called police on Saturday to tell them about a loud noise coming from the high school practice field. There, the coach was mowing the lawn with his personal lawn mower and his personal trailer, which was attached to a truck that belonged to the school district. The truck had apparently gotten stuck in the field, causing the noise that alerted neighbors.

The man was released from the Madison County Jail on Sunday. He has been put on administrative leave with pay pending further investigation.

The Huntsville Times reports that a number of community members and colleagues have written letters and started a petition to defend the character of the coach, who is reportedly a single father of five. He was named head football coach at Grissom High in June 2002 and also served as head football coach at Sparkman High School from 1999-2002.

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New Alabama Law Stiffens Penalties and Fines for Drunk Drivers

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 12th, 2011

July 12, 2011

A new Alabama law enforces harsher penalties and fines for drivers with especially high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels. The law, originally Senate Bill 67, was signed into effect last month by Governor Robert Bentley. It states that those convicted of aggravated DUI—defined as driving with a BAC of .15 or higher—will face double the fines and prison terms.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Representative Paul DeMarco and in the Senate by Rusty Glover.

“I am sure this law will reduce the number of DUIs in Alabama,” said DeMarco. “It directly affects the most highly intoxicated drivers, who are the ones who cause the most accidents. Hopefully, this will make our highways safer by strengthening the penalties against DUIs.”

The Birmingham News reports that 33 percent of all Alabama traffic deaths in 2009 were attributed to drunken-driving. Of the crashes that involved a fatality, 56 percent of drivers had a BAC of .15 or higher.

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Do you think this new law will help deter drunk driving in Alabama? Do you think it’s fair that your BAC would help determine your punishment for drunk driving?

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