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The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the limit for blood alcohol levels for drivers be lowered to 0.05.  The NTSB has also recommended that measures be taken to encourage broader use of interlock devices. Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Automobile Association have not yet endorsed the NTSB’s recommendations.

In its report, the NTSB renewed its recommendation that all DUI/DWI offenders be required to install an interlock device on their vehicles.  The NTSB also reiterated its support of pre-conviction license confiscation and recommended that those charged, yet not convicted of DUI, be required to have an interlock device installed before having their licenses returned (administrative license suspension/administrative license revocation).

*Note: Pennsylvania most recently lowered the legal limit for blood alcohol to 0.08 in 2003.  In Pennsylvania, you can be convicted of driving under the influence with any amount of alcohol in your system if your level of impairment renders you incapable of safe driving.

For more information, go to:

“Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving”-National Transportation Safety Board

“Safety Board Recommends Defining Legally Drunk With Lower Blood Alcohol Level”-Time Magazine 05/15/2013

“Could Lower DUI Standards Be Decades Away in PA, NJ?”-Philly.com

Changing drunken driving threshold from .08 blood alcohol level to .05 recommended-RGJ.com

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The Associated Press reports that South Carolina is considering legislation that would limit prison inmates’ access to Facebook.  The law, if enacted, would prohibit inmates from accessing Facebook from inside the prison facility and from having friends or relatives create a Facebook page for them.  The news article notes that, “Facebook already prohibits third-party profiles and takes them down when they find out. The company also deactivates prisoner pages when they become aware of them, regardless of who set up the pages.”

 

For more information, go to:

Yahoo! News: South Carolina bill targets prisoners on Facebook

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The Associated Press reports that two states are considering legislation that would regulate and/or bring awareness to the perils of distracted walking.  New York and Arkansas lawmakers believe that walkers who use both earphones and walk while using cell phones and/or texting are a danger to themselves and others.  Some lawmakers indicate that their laws are “aimed more at increasing awareness than punishing pedestrians.”

For more information, go to:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110124/ap_on_re_us/us_distracted_walkers

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Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart Greenleaf has introduced a bill requiring beer kegs to registered. Sen. Greenleaf has unsuccessfully proposed this bill for 16 years.

Under the proposed law, those who buy kegs of beer would be required to fill out a form disclosing their name and address. The keg would be tagged with an identifying number keyed to the buyer’s information. Sen. Greenleaf contends that keg registration will help deter underage drinking in Pennsylvania.

For more information, go to:

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer/the_intelligencer_news_details/article/27/2009/march/30/beer-keg-bill-rolling-along.html

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Pittsburgh City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance banning city residents from keeping upholstered furniture designed for indoor use on an unenclosed porch. The ordinance will now go to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for approval. (As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, the ordinance’s “veto-proof majority suggests it will become part of city code.”

For more information, go to:

http://postgazette.com/pg/09076/956250-100.stm

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**UPDATED 3/12/2009**

In response to couch-burning incidents that were reported in the wake of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory, Pittsburgh City Council, in a preliminary vote, has unanimously agreed upon an ordinance prohibiting home owners from keeping upholstered furniture designed for indoor use in any unenclosed area outside of their homes. Violators would face a fine ranging from $200.00 – $500.00. Although the measure passed the preliminary vote unanimously, some members were reluctant to limit homeowners’ rights.

For more information, go to:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09071/955013-53.stm

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/18907469/detail.html

http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/citywalkabout/archive/2009/03/05/porch-sitting-may-get-a-little-harder.aspx

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