Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Internationally, only a handful of countries, including Canada, the United States and England, have a BAC limit of .08 while most of the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Zachary David Cardwell, 23, of Bethlehem Township, is charged with his second DUI after almost hitting a Plainfield Township police car when his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta crossed the center line.
A man whose driver’s license expired almost four years ago and wasn’t even supposed to be driving because of a plea agreement is facing driving under the influence and other charges connected to an October traffic stop in Plainfield Township. Court records say the car driven by Zachary David Cardwell, 23, almost hit a Plainfield Township police car when it went into the opposing lane of travel before being stopped early on Oct. 7 on the 500 block of Clyde Street off Sullivan Trail in the Belfast section of Plainfield. Cardwell, who is also accused of having an expired registration, is facing two counts of DUI – one for allegedly having a blood-alcohol level of .16 percent or higher. Court records do not list Cardwell’s blood-alcohol …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Keith Lego, 19, of Altoona had marijuana and three kinds of antidepressants in his system when he allegedly caused a two-car crash at the Northampton Crossings shopping center.
A 19-year-old Altoona man has been charged with causing an accident at the Northampton Crossings shopping center two months ago that became a hit and run when he allegedly left in a damaged pickup. Keith Chester Lego is also charged with driving the pickup under the influence of marijuana and three kinds of antidepressants, driving with a suspended license, and driving the pickup without the consent of the owner -- his mother’s boyfriend whose address is in Forks Township. The accident near Starbucks in the Lower Nazareth Township shopping center was on the afternoon of Nov. 7, a Wednesday and the day after Election Day. A criminal complaint was filed Dec. 11, and Lego was arraigned Wednesday and committed to Northampton County Prison. The…
Monday, November 26, 2012
A Moore Township was arrested for driving under the influence the same day -- Oct. 12 -- he pleaded guilty to a summary offense of public drunkenness and similar misconduct.
A Moore Township man had a blood-alcohol content of .29 percent when his truck slowly rolled through the parking lot of Brown-Daub Chevrolet in Lower Nazareth Township and struck a Dumpster, according to police. Coincidentally, Raymond L. Yankovich, 46, was arrested for driving under the influence the same day -- Oct. 12 -- he pleaded guilty to a summary offense of public drunkenness and similar misconduct, according to court records. On Oct. 12 around 5:35 p.m., Yankovich was found sleeping -- and uninjured -- behind the wheel of his 1993 Chevrolet Silverado, which sustained front-end damage. According to Colonial Regional Police, witnesses spotted a truck slowly travel through the parking lot of Brown-Daub Chevrolet, 819 Nazareth Pike. …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Timothy Graves, 33, of Nazareth is accused of running three stop signs, attempting to ram into a state police cruiser, and speeding through three townships before crashing into an embankment.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
A Nazareth man is charged with leading Bushkill Township police on a 10-mile chase through three townships, and with threatening to ram a police cruiser with his car. Timothy Graves, 33, of the 100 block of S. Spruce Street, is charged with fleeing/eluding police, DUI, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and numerous traffic violations. According to court records, a township police officer was on patrol Thursday when he saw Graves make a turn onto Clearfield Road without signaling. The officer followed and determined Graves was speeding by keeping pace with his car. The officer said Graves was driving 60.9 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer tried to pull Graves over, but Graves kept driving -- at speeds reaching 80 mph through Bushkill…
Friday, February 10, 2012
Stephen Zappas of Bethlehem Township had a BAC of .23 percent when he tried to leave the Trains & Lanes Hobbies parking lot, but his vehicle got hung up on a concrete block.
If it weren't for a simple, concrete block, who knows what could have happened? Stephen Zappas, 57, of the 4000 block of Juniper Lane in Bethlehem Township, had a blood-alcohol content of .23 percent when he managed to get his car stuck on a concrete block in the parking lot of Trains & Lanes Hobbies, according to Colonial Regional Police. The legal limit for motorists in Pennsylvania is .08 percent. Police were called to Trains & Lanes Hobbies in Lower Nazareth Township -- the store sells items like remote-control planes, boats and cars, trains and train tracks -- on Jan. 31 around 4:36 p.m. for a report of an intoxicated male who had gotten his car stuck. Several witnesses reported seeing the man -- later identified as Zappas -- attempt …