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Field sobriety tests can pose difficulties for the sober

Field sobriety tests are not always accurate. Sober people may easily fail these tests, which often require good balance and mobility.

Anyone driving around town throughout Virginia, especially during the hot summer nights, might have encountered sobriety checkpoints or been asked to conduct a sobriety test during a traffic stop. Field sobriety tests are one of the methods that law enforcement officers use to try to find drunk drivers. These tests are often conducted without additional testing, such as chemical or breath tests. During a field sobriety test, police officers use their own judgment to determine if a driver has been drinking or not. Sometimes this results in a driver being falsely accused of a crime.

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Virginia's reckless driving laws are some of the toughest

Motorists' group says reckless driving charge for speeding is too severe


A recent survey suggests that Virginia's reckless driving laws for speeding are overly harsh, according to Watchdog. The ranking of states' speeding laws by Popular Mechanics claims that Virginia has the fourth toughest speeding laws in the country. Experts note that the state regularly issues a disproportionately high number of traffic citations and drivers could end up with a criminal record for driving as little as 11 mph over the speed limit.

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Virginia man agrees to vasectomy in exchange for reduced sentence

Unusual plea bargain raises serious ethical questions about plea deals

A Virginia man has entered into a plea bargain that will see him get a vasectomy in exchange for having a number of criminal charges against him dropped, according to Fox News. The man was involved in a hit-and-run and child endangerment case. Authorities said they proposed the deal because they were concerned about the man's ability to care for his current children, which currently number seven with six different women. However, the unusual deal has drawn plenty of criticism, with many saying it has parallels with the state's mass sterilization of the mentally ill during the 20th-century.

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New DUI ignition interlock law goes into effect in Virginia

DMV will now require all first offenders to install an ignition interlock device

A new law has gone into effect that will require people convicted of a DUI to have an ignition interlock system installed in his or her car, according to WCYB News. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will now require anybody convicted of a first DUI offense to have the interlock systems installed on any vehicle that that person operates, regardless of court orders. The move follows similar adoptions of ignition interlock systems by other states.

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