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Two Progressive TN Laws Expand Monitoring to Non-DUI Offenders, Mandate Treatment

On July 1, two new laws go in to effect in Tennessee that keep the state at the forefront of progressive legislation aimed at better supervising and deterring future behavior of repeat offenders. Amelia’s Law is named after Maryville, Tennessee, teenager Amelia Keown, who was killed in a head-on collision with an offender who had a long […]

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As UK Gets Tough on Alcohol and Crime, the BBC Puts New Tools to the Test

In the U.K., upwards of 50% of violent crime is linked to alcohol, and one-third of police time is reportedly spent dealing with “drink-related” crime. In the last 2 years, U.K. officials have looked to the U.S. for some of the programs and technologies that have been making a difference in the management and mitigation of […]

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Drunk Driver Who Made YouTube Confession Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years

An Ohio court has sentenced 22-year-old Matthew Cordle, famous for confessing to killing a 61-year-old-man in a drunk driving accident via a video he posted online, to 6 ½ years in state prison. Per Ohio state law, his driving privileges were revoked for life. Cordle, who is a first-time DUI offender and was at  0.19 […]

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Attorney General Holder Recommends New Sentencing Approach for Drug Offenses

In a speech to the American Bar Association on August 12, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contrasted what he termed as inadequate “20th century” approaches to criminal justice with the Justice Department’s new proposals for “smarter,” “evidence-based” solutions. Holder spoke of the need to direct limited crime-fighting resources toward violent offenses and to increase the […]

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NADCP Conference Attendees Urge Congress to Invest in Communities by Funding Drug and DWI Courts

Last month, attendees at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 19th Annual Training Conference left the convention hall for a day and headed to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and their staff. Their goal: to give legislators a better understanding of the drug court model and how these courts are making a difference […]

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“Get 2 DUIs, Lose Your Ride”: One City’s Approach to Fighting Drunk Driving

Sanctions for driving while intoxicated are intended to keep offenders from repeating their mistake. Consequences range from fines to the loss of one’s driver’s license. But what if those consequences included the loss of your car? One city in Washington state is hoping to reduce DUIs by taking away offenders’ keys–and the vehicle they start. A […]

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Immigration and Border Security Law Includes DUI Penalties for Those Seeking Citizenship

On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act with a majority of 68 votes. Among the many immigration and border security issues covered in its 1,200 pages, the bill includes new provisions that specifically target drunk drivers seeking entry and citizenship in the U.S. Section 3702 […]

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NTSB Calls for Lowering 0.08 BAC to 0.05: Can it happen?

On the 25th anniversary of our nation’s deadliest alcohol-impaired driving crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a new set of alcohol-impaired driving recommendations. The most notable recommendation is gaining a lot of attention: Reducing the maximum Blood Alcohol Content from 0.08 BAC to 0.05 BAC in all 50 states. These 19 recommendations are […]

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North Dakota Governor Signs Tough DUI Bill That Prohibits Drinking for Repeat Drunk Drivers

On April 29th North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a new piece of DUI legislation that officials say with substantially strengthen North Dakota’s drunk driving laws. House Bill 1302, which goes into effect August 1st,  increases the fines for DUI convictions, increases jail time for second and subsequent offenses, and requires repeat DUI offenders to […]

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UK Court Reuniting Families With Alcohol Monitoring Technology

In the UK it is estimated that 2.6 million children live with a parent whose drinking puts them at risk of neglect, and 705,000 live with a dependent drinker. What does this mean for a family? Alcohol plays a part in 25-33% of known cases of child abuse, alcohol use is a contributor in a […]

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