Police could ask DUI suspects place of last drink
by Joe Flanagan, 13 News, and Associated Press
Posted on February 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM
Updated Thursday, Feb 25 at 6:27 PM
“Last drink” legislation
RICHMOND (AP) — Police officers could begin asking people pulled over for driving under the influence where they had their last drink.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the full Senate a bill that would require officers to ask where a suspected offender consumed his or her final drink. Officers would be required to pass that information along to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Del. John O’Bannon of Henrico, says it would help the board target establishments that violate alcohol laws.
Some local establishments say the law is not necessary and difficult to enforce.
The general manager of Scotty Quixx on Granby Street feels owners are doing all they can to serve alcohol responsibly now.
“Once he leaves the door, it’s kind of hard to control if he puts the key in the ignition or not. Like I said, I have gone as far as calling cabs for people. Standing next to them until the cab gets there and they refuse to get in the cab. What do you do at that point?” said Rhett Ransdell.
“The burden would be on the ABC Board to prove that. So it’s not automatic just because an individual was at an establishment and tells the police they were at an establishment. I can’t see the jeopardy to that licensing,’ said Michael Goodove of MADD.
“One of the challenges we have as owners is, we are told to cut someone off after they have had too much to drink. Well we understand that, but you can’t […]
by 13 News
Posted on February 17, 2010 at 8:05 AM
PORTSMOUTH — The speed limit on most Virginia highways is 55 miles per hour, though it’s higher in some places.
State legislators want to raise the speed limit on some of the state’s rural highways to 70 miles per hour.
The bill has cleared the house and senate and is on its way to Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk.
Michael Goodove, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said he is concerned that higher speed limits will pose a threat to safety on the highways.
“Our concern is once you ramp the speed up, if it’s more deadly on the highways it’s not a good thing for the public,” said Goodove. “When you drink alcohol and drive that’s an intentional act, you’d be safer shooting a gun down the highway than getting behind a seven ton vehicle impaired and operating on the highway.”
Even if alcohol isn’t involved, some worry that letting people drive faster will lead to drivers getting careless.
Studies by the insurance industry have shown that higher speed limits leads to an increase in fatal accidents.
If the governor signs the bill, the new law would take effect in July.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – He was his parents’ only son, but Hunter Richardson became a brother to many. “Just him being there; his smile could brighten up a room, the worst day, he could turn it into the best,” friend Samuel Markham said.
Richardson’s life was honored Tuesday morning at a memorial service just 4 days after he died. “It’s overwhelming, its too much , it’s still so surreal, it’s I don’t know,” sighed Andrew Sullivan.
For some, it was a day to mourn a loss; for others, a time to celebrate a life. But together, they gathered to support one family. Centenary United Methodist Church holds approximately 700 people in its sanctuary and balcony. Still, there was standing room only.
“It speaks volumes about his character, a tremendous human being, it’s hard to put into words.”
“God makes everything happen for a reason, I’m sure He has a reason for this and you can see how many lives he touched.”
It directly touched Garrett Staats life. Staats’ daughter Charlotte survived the crash. She and Richardson were walking across the street near Town Center when they were hit. Police said the person driving the car, Natasha Herzog, 29, was drunk.
“There’s always a lesson, the lesson’s been being told for I don’t know how many years, I guess since the invention of the MADD organization, so the lesson has been there, the message has been there, just got to get somebody to listen to it,” Staats excliamed.
In a sad irony, tonight the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold it’s annual vigil to remember local victims.
“We’re going to be lighting a candle with each victim’s name in our local area and unfortunately that list continues to grow,” said Southside […]
Hearing continued for Virginia Beach officer accused of DUI
Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM
Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 10:58 AM
VIRGINIA BEACH – A hearing for a Virginia Beach police officer accused of DUI was continued until September at the request of his defense attorney, Larry Slipow.
Officer Bryan Womble was arrested in June after police say he got into a car accident and left the scene. Police arrested Womble a few blocks away.
Officer Womble has been on administrative duty since the night of his arrest.
Video: Beach officer faces DUI charges in court today
Police say the 36 year-old officer crashed his car into another car at the corner of 20th street and pacific avenue.
Reports show that the night officer Womble was arrested, his blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit.
Making matters worse, he was charged with hit and run for allegedly trying to leave the scene of the accident.
His employment with the police department could be in jeopardy depending on the outcome of the case.
There are questions as to whether it will affect pending cases, as well.
Officer Womble had been a decorated member of the department’s traffic enforcement team.
He arrested NFL star Bruce Smith in may on DUI charges, and testified against him earlier this month.
Womble still has numerous DUI cases pending in court in which he will testify for the prosecution. Defense attorneys have been asking to reschedule those cases for after Womble’s hearing.
The local president of mother’s against drunk driving doesn’t believe it will affect their outcome.
“I think it’s much ado about nothing, I’m not aware of any relevance that Officer Womble’s actions as a private citizen as to how it would weigh in on any pending DUI case,” said […]