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Anatomy of a DUI: What happens when you get pulled over? – Summit Daily News

Posted: January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

FRISCO A traveler being pulled over for driving under the influence is common in Summit County.

The Fifth Judicial District composed of Summit, Lake, Eagle and Clear Creek counties and nestled among a number of other trouble areas in northwest Colorado reports the second highest rate of DUIs per capita in the state.

The underlying causes of the areas problem are varied and inflated by tourists flocking to the county during high seasons in winter and summer along with a culture of heavy substance use among visitors and residents.

Punishments for getting behind the wheel while impaired can also be wide-ranging, including losing your drivers license, hefty fines and even significant jail time in more serious cases. But according to officials, many community members dont fully understand the potential consequences of a DUI offense or what to expect when they first see the flashing lights in their rearview mirror.

The idea of getting pulled over is never a fun prospect, and while sober drivers are more likely to leave the interaction with an officers business card than a ticket, anyone exhibiting clear signs of intoxication could be in for a long night.

The biggest thing is that we consider a totality of the circumstances, said Summit County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Mark Gafari, who allowed the Summit Daily News to participate in a ride-along earlier this month to get a first-hand look at how law enforcement agents patrol the area and what theyre looking for in regard to impaired drivers.

Alcohol can affect people very differently, Gafari said. It depends on if they ate, how much, are they used to drinking and a number of other factors. For us, it comes down to the driving actions and our personal observations. But we also have to remember that someone could be driving poorly because theyre lost, or they could be having a medical episode or something else. Our job is to go and have a polite conversation and check whats going on.

Getting pulled over

Gafari said impaired driving arrests are largely based around three factors. The first is called vehicle in motion observations, or the reason a traffic stop was initiated in the first place, such as a driver weaving on the roadway, driving at unusually slow or fast speeds, or exhibiting delayed or strange reactions like stopping at a green light, among other possible reasons.

The second factor is observations during the personal contact phase, in which an officer will try to determine if the abnormal driving behavior may be related to substance use, such as a strong smell of alcohol, slurred speech, trouble understanding an officers questions, slow reactions when handing over paperwork and more.

If an officer feels inebriation might be a contributor to the strange driving behavior, the driver will be asked to complete a standard field sobriety test three roadside maneuvers that have been scientifically validated to obtain indicators of impairment based on International Association of Chiefs of Police and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards.

The tests include looking for a horizontal gaze nystagmus (involuntary jerking of the eyes), a walk and turn, and one-leg stand.

We try to do all we can to consider everything that might be going on and give them a chance and have a conversation with them, Gafari said. Because there may be things I dont know, and its important for us to be human about it and explain the reason for the stop and why were doing what were doing.

But if I think you may be unsafe to operate a motor vehicle, I may want to check, and the voluntary roadside maneuver is the best way to do that. That totality including the driving behavior and our interaction will come together to determine if youre placed into custody for suspicion of DUI or not.

After an arrest

If the driver is taken into custody, theyll be asked to submit to their choice of a chemical blood or breath test under the states express consent law. In Colorado, and the rest of the nation, drivers give consent to be tested when theyre applying for their drivers license. If substances other than alcohol are suspected, the test has to be a blood test. Blood tests are performed by medical professionals, who typically take two samples to be sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and an independent lab of the suspects choosing for analysis.

When you sign on the dotted line on the application for a drivers license, youre consenting, when reasonably requested, to give a blood or breath test, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown said. They cant just pull you over for speeding and ask for a test. They have to have a reasonable suspicion that you were driving under the influence.

Drivers can refuse to submit to a test, though that triggers an automatic yearlong suspension of their driving privileges by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Beyond criminal charges, driving under the influence cases also can include a substantial administrative process at the Department of Revenues Division of Motor Vehicles. For example, if a breath or blood test returns a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or above the national threshold for DUI offenses the DMV automatically will revoke that individuals right to drive for nine to 24 months, depending on whether theyre a repeat offender.

A driver can have their driving privileges reinstated earlier in most cases, even as soon as one month or two months if they refused a blood or breath test though that typically involves agreeing to install an interlock device in their car, essentially a blow-and-go breathalyzer that prevents the car from starting if any alcohol is detected.

Its understandable people get lost in that quagmire because it seems like the court is the place to address this, said Summit County Judge Edward Casias, who handles a majority of the countys DUI cases. Thats purely an administrative process, and the court has nothing to do with it. I cant order the DMV to let someone drive.

After an arrest, offenders will typically be booked into the jail, fingerprinted, photographed, released on bond usually about $1,000 on a first offense and are either issued a summons to return to court or appear before a judge. After the first advisement, theres usually a period between hearings so the alleged offender can review their police reports, properly understand their charges, consult with an attorney and determine what path to take whether its pleading guilty, preparing a defense or providing new information to the District Attorneys Office.

Going to court

According to Brown, first-time DUI offenders frequently negotiate a settlement to a less severe charge of driving while ability impaired (DWAI), and a huge majority of offenders end up pleading guilty.

Over 90% of people who are charged with driving under the influence end up pleading guilty, Brown said. About 5% of those cases are dismissed or reduced to a charge less than a DWAI, and 5% or less would go to trial. Thats based on a nationwide statistical analysis, and weve done them here, and we are pretty consistent.

According to the 2019 Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol report prepared by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, suspects were found guilty in more than 81% of DUI cases in 2017 statewide, and cases were dismissed in 9.7% of cases.

Driving under the influence charges are typically misdemeanor offenses, but can rise to the level of a felony for individuals with three prior convictions. By Colorado statute, the possible penalties for a DUI offense typically include five days to a year in jail (not mandatory), a $600 to $1,000 fine, 48-96 hours of useful public service, an alcohol evaluation, DUI classes and treatment, and the likely suspension of the drivers license along with court fees. Penalties for a DWAI are somewhat less severe, including a potential two to 180 days in jail, a $200 to $500 fine, 24-48 hours of useful public service, an alcohol evaluation, classes, court costs and eight points off the drivers license.

Casias said individuals with aggravating factors in their cases, such as a high blood alcohol content, also could get supervised probation as part of their sentence, which requires an additional $600 supervision fee per year. Casias also noted that hell almost always include at least a small jail sentence for anyone who comes in with a blood alcoholcontent higher than 0.159.

Its more than twice the legal limit and over three times the limit for a DWAI, Casias said. That indicates the person definitely should have felt it and should have known they were too drunk to get behind the wheel. So theyre going to do a weekend in jail.

But offenders typically end up paying more than just fines, and the costs can add up. With court costs and required treatment classes alone not factoring in potential costs of an interlock device, attorney fees, rising insurance costs or any loss of wages a first-time DWAI offender will end up paying about $1,971, according to Casias. For a first-time DUI offender, the price tag goes up to about $2,560. These numbers assume the lowest level education and treatment course, which requires 21 weeks of treatment and 12 weeks of education courses at $35 a session.

Brown said drivers can receive some form of DUI charge even if their blood alcohol content doesnt reach the presumptive limits for a DUI (0.08) or DWAI (0.05), but said its fairly rare.

The punishments get more severe for reoffenders, though Brown said sentences for first-time offenders are designed to send a message and hopefully push that individual into making better decisions in the future or seeking out substance use treatment, if necessary.

If you go out and talk to your friends or co-workers, many people have suffered a DUI, Brown said. So the fact that someone is convicted doesnt become a moral judgment but an indicator that they might have a substance abuse problem. The primary purpose is to make sure that they get an opportunity to recognize the danger involved, to understand their relationship with alcohol and that they may have behavior that needs to be changed.

Attending classes

To that end, every offender is asked to complete an alcohol and drug education course or, in more severe cases, months of education courses and treatment programs.

For individuals in treatment, sessions are largely based around removing the shame around the offense, increasing awareness and responsibility, and better understanding the circumstances behind the offense.

I think its really important that people understand that this can happen to anybody, said Andrea Brown, a substance use counselor at Alpine Springs Counseling, who teaches courses out of Breckenridge. Ive had first responders, attorneys and everyone else. But this treatment is absolutely, though frustrating, essential. It can help people make better decisions and take the shame out of the equation. Its also important that people know theyll be treated respectfully when they come into one of our groups.

While the education groups are fairly structured, with an actual curriculum mandated by the state, Andrea Brown said counseling sessions are much more flexible allowing participants to push the conversation in the direction most useful to them, whether that means discussions around what is contributing to the areas problems, overcoming triggers or other topics.

According to Andrea Brown, the classes often pay dividends for participants.

Ive only seen a couple of instances where people have come back into the system, she said. That doesnt mean its perfect, but it does mean the average person has learned something, even if its just that they can download Uber. I think what were seeing is that its not just teaching them about sobriety. Were not here to make you feel bad about drinking but rather looking at where your drinking leads to poor decision making that resulted in getting in a car. Were looking at how we can have a more healthy awareness of how to care for ourselves and other people. I do think these groups help dramatically.

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Anatomy of a 3-3 home stand: numbers were average, like the results – The Official Home of the Dallas Mavericks –

Posted: January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

To steal a line from the commercials about Las Vegas, the Mavericks and their fans certainly hope what happens at American Airlines Center stays at American Airlines Center.

They really dont want it following them on the road.

Their six-game home stand longest of the season is history and the Mavericks ended with a pedestrian 3-3 record. It just doesnt get more average than that.

So how did they get there? Its not rocket science.

The numbers clearly showed that the Mavericks didnt deserve anything better than what they got during their 11-day stay at AAC. Here, well take a closer look.

First, the good news: The Mavericks averaged 115 points per game and only gave up 111.8 during the six games. Pretty much all of that differential can be traced to the 18-point win over Philadelphia in the finale of the home stand.

Beyond that, the numbers scream out that the Mavericks were utterly average on the home stand.

Rebounding: The Mavericks averaged 44.8 rebounds per game. Their opponents averaged 45.3 boards. That doesnt sound like much, but for a team that has by and large been good at retrieving missed shots most of the season, it wasnt good enough.

Defense: They only forced 9.8 turnovers per game on the home stand. Thats a ridiculously low number. Thats also part of the reason why opponents averaged 91 field-goal attempts per game to 87.5 for the Mavericks. Anyway you slice it, thats 3.5 more chances to score points for the other team. Opponents also were basically even at the free-throw line with the Mavericks.

Free-throw shooting. The Mavericks were 72.3 percent from the line. They shot more free throws than their six opponents, but made less. Thats a lot of free points left on the table.

When you add it up, it was a .500-worthy effort on the home stand.

On the bright side, the Mavericks at least finished it with a solid win against Philadelphia. That creates a smidge of momentum that they can take with them to Golden State on Tuesday and Sacramento on Wednesday.

The Mavericks were about as good as theyve been all season in a 68-41 second half against the Sixers.

When our guys with that kind of force, our crowd is a different kind of crowd, coach Rick Carlisle said. We got great fans, but when we play with this kind of force, our fans take it to another level and it makes it a lot harder on opponents.

And, considering Kristaps Porzingis did not play on the home stand (its possible, Carlisle said, he could return on the road trip), the Mavericks at the least were able to tread water.

Real proud of the guys for hanging in, Carlisle said. This has been a very difficult, challenging stretch for a lot of reasons the frequency of the games, the level of the opponents, some of the losses have been very close and difficult. And after last night, its easy to get down. But guys hung in.

The Mavericks have been better on the road all season than theyve been at AAC. With nine of their next 11 games on the road, they hope they can make a charge during the upcoming stretch.

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The anatomy of a crazy finish: One hole, three groups, nine players, squeegees, drops, three-putts and more –

Posted: January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

Brendan Steele missed the green on the par-3 17th and made a bogey, which cut his Sony Open lead to just one with one to play. Forty minutes later(!) he finished the 18th hole and dashed off for a sudden-death playoff with Cameron Smith. But what happened in those 40-some minutes in between? Well, a little bit of everything.

It was a wet and soggy day at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, but there were still a handful of players in contention when they reached the par-5 18th on Sunday. An eagle was in play on 18, and with final-round nerves ready to bite at any moment, so were bogeys. Heres how it all went down.

Mark Anderson, Sungjae Im and Bo Hoag, the third-to-last threesome of the day, were on the 18th green and trying to finish up their rounds. As they waited for grounds crew workers to squeegee water off the green, Webb Simpson, Collin Morikawa and Ryan Palmer stood in the fairway and rough. A couple hundred yards behind them stood Steele, Smith and Kevin Kisner, waiting on the tee, in silence, stationed under massive umbrellas. The rain was pouring. The wait continued.

No one in the third-to-last group was in contention to win, but Hoag was looking to lock up a key top 10, which he did. Once that group cleared, it was go time. Morikawa didnt have a chance to win anymore, but Simpson and Palmer were both at 10 under, one behind Steele. Smith, waiting back on the tee, was also at 10 under and one back.

Simpson, from the wet rough, was up first and hit a low burner that rolled into the fairway, which gave way to Palmers heroic effort from the fairway bunker. The Texan had 261 to the front edge of the green but blocked it way right. It ricocheted off the top of metal scaffolding on a TV screen, and the search for his ball was on.

Yeah, [the wait] wasnt helpful, Steele said. Stood on the tee for a long time, which was OK because I was kind of collecting myself from 17. I was watching Ryan and trying to figure out what he was doing. I was trying to figure out where he could have possibly hit it, and then I was thinking, Oh, hes hit it out of bounds right. I was like, Well, we dont want to do that. So that wasnt positive at all.

Finally, the last threesome was ready from the tee, although the wait ended up being more than 15 minutes. All three players found the fairway and walked ahead, but then came another lengthy delay. Palmers ball wasnt found, so after the three-minute search concluded, PGA Tour rules official Mark Russell told Palmer that rules official Slugger White would take him back to drop.

I told Slugger driving up, I was trying to hit the left side of the cylinders holding up the scoreboard, not the right side, Palmer joked.

The wait continued for Steele and Co.:

Next was Simpson, who had to wave off more grounds crew staffers who were again marching up and down the green with squeegees. He wedged it to 15 feet and had that left for birdie. Next came Palmer, who dropped from the bunker and knocked it just short of the green. He nearly chipped in for par but settled for a bogey and bowed out of the race for the win.

Simpson lined up his birdie putt that would have tied him for the lead, but he barely missed it out to the left. But just when you thought that was it from this group, it wasnt! Morikawa waltzed up to his ball to clean up from 4 feet for birdie, but he missed and then he missed again from 2 feet. It was a rough three-putt to finish for the up-and-comer, who played the last four in three over.

Back in the fairway, with the green finally clear, another 15 minutes had passed since Steele-Smith-Kisner hit their tee shots. Did the nerves get to Steele? Maybe.

The 36-year-old had 245 yards to the hole but hooked it well left, and it ricocheted off the grandstands and came to rest near a galley rope on the 10th fairway.

This is almost in the next area code, said analyst Paul Azinger, who also used his telestrator to draw this handy circle where Steeles ball landed:

Luckily for Steele, he received a free drop due to a temporary immovable obstruction and had about 75 yards left to the pin. He dropped between a tent and the gallery and after a car alarm went off, of course pitched on to about 28 feet.

Although Steele lucked out with his drop, his wayward second shot proved costly. He two-putted for par, but Smith got up-and-down from a bunker to make birdie and force a playoff. The extra hole, the par-4 10th, wasnt as climactic as the 18th, as Smith, the last man standing, two-putted for par to win.

I just had to hang in there, Smith said. No one was playing good golf today seemed like. Conditions got a lot easier at the end there, but just hung in there, and what do you know.

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Inside Rehearsal for the US Premiere of Anatomy of a Suicide –

Posted: January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

The U.S. premiere of Alice Birch's Anatomy of a Suicide, the winner of the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, will begin performances with Atlantic Theater Company February 1 ahead of a February 18 opening night. The production is scheduled to play a limited run at Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater through March 15.

Directed by Obie winner Lileana Blain-Cruz (Fefu and Her Friends), Anatomy of a Suicide tells the story of three generations of women whose lives play out simultaneously onstage.

The production stars Celeste Arias (Uncle Vanya), Jason Babinsky (Network), Gabby Beans (Marys Seacole), Ava Briglia (John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch), Carla Gugino (Jett), Julian Elijah Martinez (Network), Jo Mei (The Great Wave), Vince Nappo (Reign), Miriam Silverman (Junk), and Richard Topol (Indecent).

The production will feature scenic design by Mariana Sanchez, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, projection design by Hannah Wasileski, and casting by Telsey + Company: Karyn Casl and Madison Sylvester.

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Free whitepaper: Anatomy of work: a look at how employees really spend their time at work – The Drum

Posted: January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

As organizations rely more and more heavily on collaborative tools and software platforms (IDC predicts that the market for collaborative applications will increase to $26.6BN by 2030), it has become harder to track what kind of work employees are actually getting up to.

A new Anatomy of Work Index whitepaper from Asana is all about learning how marketers actually spend their days in the office, and analyzing their overall rate of productivity. It uses this data, which has been drawn from a pool of 10,000 knowledge workers globally and includes workers in roles such as chief marketing officer, head of brand and senior marketing manager, to see where agencies and brands can improve in order to start becoming more effective in the 2020's.

Some of the key learnings include the fact that the majority of global employees (60%) spend most of their time on work about work, which could be emailing someone about plans or doing practical, non-creative tasks such as micro-managing others. In comparison, just 40% spend time on skilled work like executing a campaign, and this highlights the fact that most workers are losing the battle when it comes to finding time to embrace more thoughtful, deeper work tasks.

Even more worrying is the fact that polled employees are only spending 27% of their time at work on skills based work; the craft they were actually trained and hired to carry out. Therefore it is high time we found a solution, and this whitepaper will help to provide practical advice on how you can create a more inspired team thats set up to execute their roles much more effectively.

Asanas Anatomy of Work index also explores how unbalanced workloads are crippling employees and negatively impacting their productivity. The index has found 26% of employees have too much work to do, which subsequently drives stress and feelings of being unsettled. Its goal is to inspire you to find ways to ensure workers are doing their 9-to-5 more effectively, and not wasting their time on things that create unhappiness in the workplace.

Another fascinating insight the index provides is around how many hours a day workers find themselves distracted, and youll be able to compare how UK workers compare to the US, Germany, Australia, and even Japan. The fact, on average, 1 hour and 4 minutes is wasted daily by knowledge workers globally due to distractions or procrastination shows how much room there is for improvement.

The Anatomy of Work examines how to break down those barriers that stop workers from being productive and showing how technology, such as Asanas own work management tool, can help create a system that benefits everybody when applied correctly and not just at a whim.

The most forward-thinking organisations in the world know how to leverage time-saving work management software to reimagine their workplace, and this forward-thinking piece of research will show why taking control of workloads and collaborating more thoughtfully is a must if your workers are to reach the next level.

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The anatomy of a thriller: How the Nuggets sealed their clutch win over the Mavs – The Denver Post

Posted: January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

DALLAS It was impossible not to feel sympathetic for Nikola Jokic as he wrestled with a weight in the hallway late Wednesday night considering what hed already accomplished.

As has become customary, Jokic, along with Juancho Hernangomez, Malik Beasley and the Nuggets strength trainers, grunted through a postgame workout that left Denvers superstar dripping in sweat when he finally met with the media following his game-winning bucket against the Mavericks.

Its always nice, Jokic said with a grin. Thats my after-game squad.

Less than half an hour earlier, Jokic was busy dominating Dallas frontcourt, bludgeoning them for 33 points, including 26 in the second half. He even buried four 3-pointers his ace in the hole, as he called his long-range weapon.

Though plenty happened throughout the first 47:52 at American Airlines Center, it was the final two possessions that sealed Denvers riveting 107-106 win. The victory was even more impressive considering the Nuggets were at the end of a taxing, 10-day road trip and without starters Paul Millsap and Will Barton.

Neither factor entered the players minds with Denver trailing 106-105 with 23 seconds left and the ball out of bounds on the sidelines.

Jamal Murray initiated the action with a tree-trunk screen on Mavericks center Dwight Powell to free up Jokic and force undersized forward Dorian Finney-Smith onto the Nuggets star. The only problem was that Jokic, who generally sees the game three steps ahead of his opponent, didnt recognize he had the mismatch.

Thats why I passed out, then I figured out that I had a mismatch, Jokic said.

That miscalculation nearly ended in disaster after Jokics pass to Murray was deflected and sent careening toward halfcourt.

Just track down the ball, Murray said laughing. He threw the ball, it went off me, so I had to go get it.

From there, Murray sent the ball back inside, where Jokic was waiting to go to work.

What Im most happy about that last possession is that we stayed with it, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. We were able to get the re-post, he took his time and scored against a smaller guy in the post. So, hes our go-to player, hes an MVP candidate for a reason. And end of the games, the ball will be in his hands to make the right play.

But the work wasnt done after Jokic dropped his right shoulder, spun and laid in his 12th bucket of the night. There were eight seconds left, and the Mavericks still had one of the most lethal playmakers in the NBA at their disposal in Luka Doncic.

Its two of the most promising young players in the entire NBA, two of the best players in the world, Malone said of the two international stars. One guy from Slovenia, one guy from Serbia, and tonight on national TV, they put all their talents on full display. Im a coach, but Im also a huge fan of the game, I love the game of basketball. I love seeing great players play.

The Mavericks took a full timeout, and the Nuggets made their defensive adjustments. Out came their two offensive stalwarts, Jokic and Murray, in came versatile defenders Torrey Craig and Mason Plumlee. Together, along with rangy forward Jerami Grant, Gary Harris and Beasley, the Nuggets suffocated Dallas final attempt.

That last play, me and (assistant) Wes (Unseld Jr.) talked, Malone said. He said, You know if you want to hit (Luka), get the ball out of his hands. I said, You tell me. And he said, Lets do it.

The Nuggets first victory on the defensive highlight came via Grant not allowing Doncic to catch the inbounds pass, costing the Mavericks several precious seconds. After Doncic finally gained possession the Nuggets swarmed him, just as their coaches had asked.

Craig and Grant trapped him, forcing an outlet to the corner, which Beasley snuffed out almost immediately. From there, with the clock winding down, Plumlee flew in to block the baseline and extinguish any window for the Mavs to shoot. With nowhere to go, Finney-Smith threw the ball into the backcourt as time expired and the entire Nuggets bench charged onto the court.

We committed to it and our guys flew around behind him and we wound up forcing a turnover to seal the win, Malone said, beaming at his teams effort.

It was a shootout, Murray said. It was our defense that won the game.

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