Posts By: Joseph Awad

Underage Drinking and Driving Charges In Michigan

What can underage drivers be charged with in the state of MI if they are caught drinking and driving? As is the case with many states, there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drivers and bodily alcohol content. What does “zero tolerance” mean exactly? Zero tolerance means that if a minor… Read more »

The difference between a UBAC/UBAL charge, and an OWI charge

What’s the difference between a UBAC/UBAL charge, and an OWI charge – or is there no significant difference? Michigan Vehicle Code section 257.625 specifies penalties for operating a vehicle “while under the influence of intoxicating or alcoholic liquor or a controlled substance, or a combination of intoxicating or alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance, or… Read more »

Fixing Michigan’s Infrastructure

An editorial in the Lansing State Journal argued today that Michigan’s infrastructure is on the verge of becoming dangerously badly-maintained. Aside from dramatic and deadly failures such as bridge collapses, roads in bad condition can take an extra toll on individuals and businesses in car maintenance fees, causing increases in costs to their customers as… Read more »

Smart Phone Apps that Warn Drivers of DUI Checkpoints

Google and Apple are under increasing scrutiny after RIM, maker of blackberry devices, removed applications from its devices that could be used to warn drivers about DUI checkpoints. That was back in March. Now Google and Apple, who together manage mobile application “stores” for 85% of the mobile app market, face similar pressure. The argument… Read more »

Detroit Reacts to Latest Census Numbers

The latest census numbers are in for Detroit and they’re not good–but the response is. The mayor of Detroit Dave Bing has pledged to fight the numbers. The census reported that Detroit’s population had shrunk 25%, down to 713,777. But Detroit suffered from similar low numbers in 2000, prompted the city to challenge the count… Read more »

The ATPA’s List of Most Stolen Vehicles in Michigan

The Automobile Theft Prevention Authority, or the ATPA, is a association that assesses and analyzes car theft in order to prevent it. They establish plans for financial support to combat car thefts and grants for theft prevention teams. By their own accounts they’ve helped significantly reduce vehicle theft in Michigan. The Michigan chapter also compiles… Read more »

Bullet-proof Glass at Detroit Police Substations

The Detroit Police have made little or no effort to protect police substations in the City of Detroit. In almost every precinct, there is no bullet-proof separating the public from the police. These stations are open practically every hour of the day and night without any real regard for security, but for the police that… Read more »

Troy, Michigan Passes Restrictions on Distracted Drivers

If you’re driving in Troy, Michigan, then you better pay attention. The city recently passed one of the most stringent distracted driving ordinances in the nation. Text messaging and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal, but that’s old news – the new law aims to curb any activity that may take a driver’s… Read more »

Annual Study Names Most Dangerous Cities in the US

On Sunday Nov. 21st, CQ Press released their latest annual study of crime in major U.S. cities. According to the study, in 2009 St. Louis was the most dangerous city in the United States, with a crime rate almost five times the national average – over 2,000 crimes per 100,000 residents. The most dangerous cities… Read more »