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October 2015 Archives

Wrong-way driver in fatal crash may face serious DWI charges

A number of early-morning commuters on I-81 heading toward Scranton had the unnerving experience of seeing an SUV driving in their lane, except that they were headed south and the other vehicle was headed north. While many drivers were able to avoid the wrong-way SUV, one unfortunate man was not.

Insurance employee charged in $266,000 theft

Businesses that routinely handle large amounts of money are lucrative targets for embezzlement. Insurance companies can be especially vulnerable because they handle many transactions in short periods of time, and an employee who understands the system can make unauthorized transfers that can be easily concealed. A recent investigation and arrest by Lackawanna County detectives reveals the extent of this vulnerability.

Report raises concerns about "drugged" driving

The effects of alcohol on a person's ability to operate an automobile are well known, but the effects of various drugs, including marijuana and pain killers, are not well understood. A new report from the Governors' Highway Safety Association, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., casts new light on the problem of "drugged" driving and calls for more education and increased study and research into the problem.

How do ignition interlock devices work?

The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a bill that would make installation of ignition interlock devices mandatory for first time DUI convictions. Currently, the use of these devices is mandatory only for repeat offenders. But, many people do not understand the purpose of these devices or how they work.

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