SCOV Law Blog: Challenging the government’s say-so

A woman who gets a license suspension for DUI contends that the State must submit the “ticket” from the breath test as scientific evidence for her conviction, but the trial court says the police affidavit with the .0158 BAC is sufficient.

House approves roadside saliva testing, but Senate may resist

The House approved a measure Wednesday that would empower law enforcement to use saliva testing for drugs during roadside stops. The provision, which the House added to S.225, a 42-page omnibus bill on motor vehicles, also sets a 0.05 percent limit for blood alcohol content if a driver is found to have a certain threshold […]

House panel explores roadside saliva testing

The technology would use samples from drivers to screen for marijuana, opiates and other substances.

Bill would require interlock devices for all DUI offenders

Because drivers must pay for the devices themselves, opponents fear the bill would have a disproportionate impact on low-income Vermonters.

Rutland Herald-Times Argus publisher pleads no contest

The new publisher of one of Vermont’s largest newspaper companies has pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Catherine T. Nelson did not contest the charges at her arraignment in criminal court in Rutland earlier this week. Nelson was arrested Dec. 26, two days before she […]

School bus driver arraigned on DUI charge

Editor’s note: This article is by Jordan Cuddemi of the Valley News, in which it was first published Oct. 28, 2015. WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A 34-year-old Northfield man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to driving a school bus to Whitcomb Junior-Senior High School — bound for a field trip to Boston — under the influence […]

Off-duty Burlington police officer charged with DUI

The 30-year-old policewoman is the fourth Vermont law enforcement officer to face drunken driving charges this year.

Windham sheriff claims Vernon official tried to interfere with DUI case

Selectboard Chairwoman Patty O’Donnell vehemently denies that she wanted the sheriff’s department to not arrest Lisa M. McKenney, 47, after a Sept. 20 traffic stop.

Fatalities mar otherwise calm Fourth, police say

Police encountered less unsafe driving this Fourth of July weekend but did respond to two fatal crashes, including one involving a lawn mower operator, according to state police. The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest of the year because of drunken driving, police said. Officers responded to 61 car crashes this year, up […]

Law enforcement, prosecutors want same standard for drunk, drugged driving

Unequal burden-of-proof standards for DUI-drugs and DUI-alcohol charges make it harder to convict someone of driving under the influence of drugs, officials say.

House lawmakers may consider drugged driving bill

Time is running out to come up with a bill to set standards for what constitutes driving under the influence of drugs.

SCOV Law Blog: ‘We control the horizontal’

Police officer stopped defendant because the passenger’s side of defendant’s front license plate was two inches lower than the driver’s side.

SCOV Law Blog: Amendments 4 and 5, where are you?

On a cold January night, a police officer was driving down the road when he passed a car stuck in a snowbank, partially off the road.

Newport mayor sentenced to community service, fine for second DUI

Editor’s note: This article was written by Jennifer Hersey Cleveland of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Oct. 2, 2013. NEWPORT — The mayor of Newport pleaded guilty to a second offense of drunken driving Tuesday in Orleans Superior Court-Criminal Division and was sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service. Mayor […]