During a recess in a vehicular assault trial, York County Judge John S. Kennedy and attorneys from the trial recently discussed the status of DUI arrests, prosecutions and convictions.
Kennedy presides over the county’s DUI court. DUIs typically account for a third of the county’s total cases, which last year topped 9,225 cases.
The judge predicted that in 10 years, DUIs will be a rare arrest case.
He said several companies have made big strides in driverless cars.
He said he expects the government to make driverless cars mandatory in the interest of public and traffic safety, such as it did for seat belts and airbags.
He said the basics, as he knows of them, is that a driverless car, which as of September 2012 are legal in California, Nevada and Florida, requires that a licensed driver be behind the wheel and that the driver take complete control of the vehicle in work zones.
I asked if a driver who was inebriated could still be arrested for DUI if he is in a car that is driving itself.
“I suppose that could happen,” he said. “But what would be the probable cause for pulling over the vehicle?”