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Police may have a new way to test THC impaired drivers

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana; it is what is responsible for getting people high. To date, there is still no reliable THC analog for the famed BAC Breathalyzer. Scientists are not even sure what threshold of THC constitutes "impaired driving." But California police officers are looking to answer some of those questions as they participate in a field test of the latest iteration of the THC Breathalyzer.

Chicago has highest shootings in two decades

Chicago passed another milestone last weekend, at 3,029, it has now had more shootings in 2016 than it has since the 1990s. On the good side, at 480, the number of fatal shootings is about half what it was during the same period, in the early 1990s. But those numbers are still significantly higher than other comparable metropolitan cities including New York and Los Angeles. This has raised many questions about the safety of Chicago and where does the city go from here.

Gun crime statistics by states

The Guardian newspaper undertook a major project to study gun crimes in the United States. The Guardian relied on data collected by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reports. The crime database is incomplete because not all states collect data on gun crimes, specifically Alabama and Florida regarding gun murders.

Avoid speaking to the police

Many people take the position that if they are innocent, they have nothing to hide from the police. But this approach is dangerous because it invites police scrutiny into your life. The police officer may truly be interested in finding the truth but he or she may also be more interested in confirming a theory or allegation. Regardless, you don't want to put your fate in the hands of someone who "might" be on your side.

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