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Tiger Woods has unfortunately found himself in the spotlight again due to poor choices behind the wheel. Tiger was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of prescription drugs while sleeping behind the wheel.

When the officer woke Tiger up, who was behind the wheel of his Mercedes, he was stopped in the right lane, with his car running, and had flat tires and other damages. The officer alleges that Tiger did not know where he was, and then failed to perform a series of field sobriety tests. However, the breathalyzer results showed no alcohol in his system.

While some might be sad to hear about Tiger's arrest, there are some valuable lessons that can be learned.

In a bid to make Utah more like Europe, lawmakers in the state have passed two changes to the state's alcohol laws. One eases the "Zion Curtain" restriction and the other lowers the blood-alcohol content (BAC) requirement for being convicted for a DUI from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent.

The pair of new laws are expected to be signed into law by Utah's Governor, Gary Herbert, who has stated his support. However, the new BAC level has created some controversy, as it will be the lowest in the country. Given Utah's current regulation of alcohol, along with their history of being strict on alcohol, it is not surprising to see the state take this step.

Hopefully Angela Daywalt, of Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, has a World's Best Mom coffee mug at home, because she is unlikely to win the actual award any time soon. Daywalt was arrested and charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of a child, and assorted traffic and summary violations after she fled the scene of a drunk driving accident, allegedly after asking her 8-year-old daughter to blow into a breathalyzer device in her car.

And this all happened at 11 p.m. -- way after the little girl's bedtime.

If you've been pulled over by police, you're probably already pretty worried. And if officers suspect you've been drinking and driving and ask you to perform some roadside sobriety tests, that anxiety can skyrocket. Whether you're sober and want to prove it to the police or if you've been drinking and are trying to convince them you're OK to drive, you'll want to be on your best behavior while performing the sobriety tests.

While the officers on the scene will give you instructions on what to do and how to perform the tests, we can give you a few tips on what not to do during roadside sobriety tests:

Maybe you're not tired, so you can stay up and drink more. Or it could be that you feel clear-headed, and don't think you're drunk. Or perhaps with more energy comes more risk-taking behavior. Either way, scientists have linked the consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks (EDs) with higher incidents of drunk driving.

So at this point, the why of the matter might not be as important as how to avoid a DUI associated with energy drinks. Because it turns out that just drinking more energy drinks, even without alcohol, can increase your risk of a DUI.

Drunk driving charges all start somewhere, and it's usually the time the police officer pulls you over. There's the conversation, maybe some questions about your alcohol consumption, and a few roadside tests before a possible arrest and DUI charge.

But let's back up -- cops can't pull you over for no reason, right? And if officers had no reasonable suspicion to stop you, that could mean that everything that happens after you're pulled over is inadmissible in court. So here's a look at DUI traffic stops, and how they affect your case.

With their close association with alcohol, it's hard to remember that DUI and DWI cover a lot more than just drunk driving. It's possible to be "driving under the influence" of any number of things, and "driving while intoxicated" doesn't specify the intoxicant. And between relaxed marijuana restrictions and the spike in prescription drug use, police need to be on the lookout for drivers who've consumed something other than "just a couple beers."

Here's what you need to know about DUI laws and drugged driving.

The Super Bowl usually means cruising to a friend's house or sports bar, loading up on chili and chicken wings, and consuming one or two adult beverages over the course of the game. This leaves you with the prospect of driving home, which is a bad idea after a few cold ones, especially when cops are cracking down on Super Bowl weekend DUIs.

Police from New York to California have announced enhanced drunk driving enforcement programs to coincide with the game this Sunday. So make sure you're extra careful and don't drive drunk before, during, or after the Super Bowl.

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about New York's status as a sanctuary city, under which it refuses to turn over undocumented immigrants to immigration officials over minor criminal offenses. De Blasio said he would define drunk driving as that kind of minor offense so long as it "doesn't lead to any other negative outcome."

While de Blasio's comments earned him the ire of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), they do raise the question of whether a DUI can be a deportable offense, and what factors would matter in that determination.

Of course, if you were completely sober or you weren't in actual physical control of a vehicle, you're probably not guilty of driving under the influence. (And, of course, if either of those are the case, you're probably not going to be charged with a DUI in the first place.) But most DUIs aren't black and white cases of guilt or innocence. You may feel like the officer pulled you over for no reason, improperly obtained a blood or breath sample, or lied about your performance on the roadside sobriety tests.

There are many reasons to feel like drunk driving charges are unjust or unfair, but when are those reasons good enough to plead not guilty and challenge a DUI charge?