Top 10 States of the Most Draconian DUI Laws

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Getting a ticket for driving under the influence can cost you exorbitant fees no matter where you reside. However, if it happens in a state with the most draconian of DUI laws, it can also put a huge blemish on your career and lead to the ruination your family life.

Hawaii

When people think of Hawaii, images of tropical flowers, oceanic views and kicking back with a cocktail seem to come to mind. Unfortunately, if you get intoxicated and drive, first time offenders in Hawaii could see their insurance rates triple. The rules guided by the state could also impose a three month license suspension, ignition interlocks, fines, imprisonment and community service work if convicted of the offense.

North Carolina

According to ShapiroLegal.com, “A team of professionals behind you after a DUI conviction can help alleviate costly fines and lessen an outrageous sentence. If you’re out and about in the Tar Heel state of North Carolina, expect to have your license suspended for 30 days. Repeat offenders will have to face mandatory ignition interlocks and jail time.“

California

Individuals in California who agree on a Breathalyzer or blood alcohol test could face a license suspension of four months. First time DUI convictions could also exceed $22,000 in fees and court fines and a mandatory ignition interlock system on their vehicle.

Michigan

If you’re a driver in Michigan, you could have your license suspended for choosing not to take a test that would determine your intoxication level. If you take the test and fail, you would be transported immediately into custody. More sophisticated methods of sobriety testing could also be administered. Punishments could include fines, jail time, community service and a suspended license between 180 days to a full year, dependent on your level of intoxication.

Illinois

First time offenders that have been convicted of a DUI could have their driving privileges revoked for a full year. They could also be imprisoned for a year and face fines of up to $2,500. If you own a vehicle, it could also be confiscated or impounded. Ignition interlock systems are also mandatory in the state of Illinois. In order to drive, drivers would have to exhale into the device to prove that they are not intoxicated.

New York

Getting around New York taking public transportation can be far easier than navigating the laws that make up the Empire State. If you’re facing a DUI arrest in New York, you could get everything from outrageous fines, DUI School, community service, license suspension and jail time.

Georgia

This southern state best known for its peaches and southern charm won’t be so friendly if you get convicted of a DUI. First time offenders could be looking at fines in the $1,000 range, 40 hours of community service, mandated programs that are geared toward DUI risk prevention, probation, jail time and treatment evaluations. If you face a second offense, your punishment will be much, much worse.

Oregon

Recreational marijuana may be acceptable for users in Oregon. However, if you’re found convicted of drinking and driving, you could be facing a brutal punishment. First time offenses include a minimum fine of $1,000. There are also fees you’ll need to incur for assessments, drunk driving programs, county and unitary costs and diagnostic expenses.

New Jersey

New Jersey has some stiff penalties a judge could select from that you won’t be able to “forget about.” Depending on your age, BAC level, past history and other considerations, you could be looking at a lengthy jail sentence and lifetime driver’s license revocation. The laws in New Jersey are so difficult to navigate, that if you’re arrested for a DUI, you’ll want your first call to be to an aggressive attorney with experience in DUI law.

Florida

Partying too much in the Sunshine State could find you on the receiving end of a 3rd degree felony. In addition to jail, you’ll also receive license suspension, hefty fines and an impounded vehicle.

  

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When Failure is Not an Option: Top Tips for Retaking Your Driving Road Test

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If you are unfortunate enough to fail your first driving test you are actually in the majority rather than the minority, as less than half of us are given official permission to drive solo at the first attempt.

The record for failed tests goes to an unnamed man in Stoke who passed on his 37th go and one unfortunate woman failed her theory test a record 110 times, so don’t feel bad if you fail first time.

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Driving Tips from the Pros

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Everyone is a beginner at some point in their life, we all have to start from scratch in so many of the things which later come naturally to us. Perhaps the biggest and most important example comes with driving.

It’s entirely natural to feel nervous when you’re a learner and even when you first take to the roads by yourself. Even instructors were beginners once and they probably all had their own nervous starts to their driving career.
Consider these top tips from the pros to help you become a confident road user…

There’s no shame in failing

Many candidates do not pass at the first try, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s always something good you can take away from the experience: you’ll know what to expect next time, and you’ll know which aspects of driving you can practice more on. Your examiner will debrief you at the end of the test and help you understand where you can improve. Some of the best pros failed first time – it’s not a bad thing if you learn and improve.

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Five tips for wet weather driving

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Driving in the rain requires additional care and attention. Wet weather brings a range of dangers and difficulties you might not face in dry and sunny conditions. For example, few people are aware that a driving manoeuvre used regularly on a sunny day could be considered dangerous by a police officer if the weather conditions limit visibility or impair road surfaces.

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Driving the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

There are few things quite as exhilarating as driving a muscular sports car on a track. Driving on the open road or through winding mountain roads can be great, but pushing a beast like the Mustang Boss 302 around the tight turns of a racetrack and then flooring it on the straightaway will give you a thrill you’ll never forget.

We naturally jumped at the chance to participate when Ford invited us to its first “Mustang Masterclass – Something Every Man Should Know” event for the opportunity to drive the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 at Miller Motorsports Park. The idea was to teach us how to drive this incredible muscle car on a track regardless of our skill level. I was pretty comfortable driving a stick but was anxious to learn more from some of the best driving instructors in the country, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Mustang is one of the most iconic American nameplates, and the Boss 302 is a special version of the Mustang that was born on the track. The first generation Mustang Boss 302 was made from 1969-1970 specifically for buyers who wanted to race their Mustangs, and it was revived in 2012 for the same purpose.

Most importantly, the new Boss features a beast of an engine that yields 444 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. The Boss mandate is to provide the best-handling Mustang ever, so the already strong Mustang GT suspension system has been further refined. The Boss 302 also features unique, lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels in staggered widths: 9 inches in front, 9.5 inches in the rear. The result is an incredible machine with a growl that will turn heads and bring a smile to your face.

Miller Motorsports Park was about 30 minutes away from our hotel, so we loaded up on some coffee and were greeted by a fleet of colorful 2013 Mustang Boss 302s that we would be driving to the track. From a design point of view, one minor change stands out this year involving the side stripes. The 2012 version featured a reflective “c-stripe” on the side of the vehicle inspired by the 1969 model, and the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 builds on the heritage of the 1970 Boss 302 with new, reflective “hockey stick” graphics package. The LED lights in the front and back also stand out. We hopped in and revved up the engines and were off. This gave us a preview of what we were in for at the track as we cruised through the Utah countryside. The Boss 302 may be built for the track, but you’ll have plenty of fun driving this beautiful vehicle in any setting.

When we arrived at the track we settled in for some serious classroom work. The goal here was to teach us how to drive on a race track, and the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and safety was always the number one goal. A lot of time was spent on the proper line to take going in and out of turns, focusing on the apex and the entry and exit points. It was fascinating stuff and it also turned out to be extremely helpful.

We got suited up in our racing suits and helmets, and then we headed out to the garage to find our cars. The good folks at Miller had each of our names put on the windshield of our car and it was quite a thrill to climb into a personalized Boss 302 racecar. Mine was orange, though later in the day they switched me into the #57 black car. The track cars had thick safety bars in the interior like you’d find in all race cars. We went through some test laps and then we had some specific lessons on braking and downshifting, and then we were ready for some high-speed laps.

When we got back on the track, the instructor always set the pace in the lead white car with blue stripes with three of us following in our 302s, and following the instructor’s line on the track was a huge help. I was lucky to be in the fastest group, and our instructor really challenged us to keep up. The car was a pure joy to drive and it handled beautifully, and the power on the straightaways and coming out of turns was amazing. I could have spent the whole day in that car.

The entire experience was amazing. We enjoyed many more activities that day at Miller in between our track times, including go-cart racing and zip lining. I’ll follow up with a separate article on all the activities available at Miller Motorsports, but the highlight was the Mustang Boss 302 and taking it out on the track. People from all over the world come to Miller to work with the instructors to improve their driving skills over several days, and we got a very good taste of that experience.

As I was driving back to the hotel, I was stuck behind a truck on a two-lane road so I floored my Mustang Boss 302 and easily blew by it. It was a nice reminder that I didn’t need to be on a track to enjoy this car, but I still can’t wait to do it again.

  

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