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Probable cause is not the same as reasonable suspicion

To be arrested on DUI charges, the police generally need to have both probable cause and reasonable suspicion. Though these are similar, they are not the same. Typically, reasonable suspicion is involved in the initial traffic stop, while probable cause leads to the arrest. You can have one without the other.

A tax hike on alcohol in Maryland suspected in accident reduction

A recent study published by researchers at the University of Maryland suggests that the state's raising of the sales tax on alcohol purchases in 2011 from 6-percent to 9-percent has had a significant impact on reducing the incidence rate of alcohol-related car accidents by at least 6-percent per year. They also determined that the most significant reduction was seen among younger drivers.

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