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Year in Review: 2012's Most Popular LA DUI Stories (Part I of II)

We would've thought celebrity DUIs would be the most popular topic for our readers. After all, this is LA. We're a bit of an industry town, if you haven't noticed. At least, that's the stereotype.

What were the readers really interested in? For the most part, non-celebrity crashes and information on how to handle or prevent a DUI conviction.

1. Drunk Drivers Play Bumper Cars on 405, Kill Caltrans Workers

This tale of unlucky drunken drivers and even more unlucky Caltrans workers should have been titled "Fatal DUI: When Drunks Collide." Alas, that sounded far too much like a 1990s Fox television special. One drunk was driving, got rear-ended by another alleged drunken driver, and the resulting accident shoved an SUV into three Caltrans workers, two of whom died. We looked at the intersection of DUI manslaughter law and how this freak accident may not mean manslaughter charges for one of the drivers.

2. What to Do When Pulled Over for a DUI: Three Tips

Sometimes, even the best and brightest amongst us make bad decisions. If you make the unwise decision to drive after having anything to drink, this post provides some tips for reducing your chance of conviction.

3. Police Kill Officer Suspected of Sex with Minor at DUI Checkpoint

Nothing ever happens at a DUI checkpoint. No seriously, absolutely nothing. We've covered the low arrest rate at checkpoints ad nauseam. On this one occasion, however, something bigger did happen: a police officer was killed by other officers. The deceased was accused of sex with a minor and reportedly resisted arrest, necessitating the fatal shots.

4. Field Sobriety Tests: Do I Have To? Should I?

One of the most common fallacies about DUI is that the driver must to submit to field sobriety tests (FSTs), such as the walk-and-turn or the one-legged stand. There is no law that requires you to participate in FSTs. These tests are a tool used to determine whether further investigation is warranted. If you believe you may be intoxicated, submitting to these tests could result in additional evidence against you. Note that while FSTs are not required by law, submitting to a blood or breath test is required under the law of implied consent.

5. Can a Breathalyzer be Fooled?

Yep, we shattered more than one misconception this year. Ever hear the urban legend about putting pennies in your mouth to trick the breath test? It doesn't work. Neither does garlic or coffee. Conversely, vomiting and burping can increase your measured BAC, meaning a falsely high reading. Your rate of breathing can also cause a falsely high or low reading.

But wait, there's more! Or at least there will be. Come back later this week for the rest of the year's Top 10 most popular posts of 2012.

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