Saturday, September 5, 2009
S.U.I.: Sleeping under the influence
Apparently you can also get a DUI if you sleep it off in your car. In 2007 a man was convicted of a DUI after he was found sleeping in his car with it running and in park. The man told the cops it was cold outside (it was February in New Jersey) and he left it running to stay warm. Well, to make a long story short, he was arrested and convicted of DUI and had to pay over $4000 in fines and costs. In most states, having "control" of the vehicle means being in it, even if you're in the back seat sleeping it off. In other words, you don't have to be driving the car to get busted. Now common sense would tell you that if you think you are too drunk to drive, don't drive. I would think that people would appreciate it if you chose to pass out in the back seat instead of driving home. Yet if you are found passed out in your car, even though your keys are not in the ignition, you will be slapped with a DUI. The cops can also arrest you if your car is broke down and inoperable. So that means you can't go to the bar and wait for the tow truck without risking a DUI. So what is next?? Will the cops arrest the guy who is sitting at home drinking because he may decide to drive?? As crazy as this sounds, sleeping in the trunk may be your best solution. Most newer cars have a release lever inside the trunk in case you become trapped inside. It may be uncomfortable, but it's better than a DUI conviction!!!