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Should Passengers be Held Responsible for Drunk Drivers?

  Thomas Gallagher has a long history of alcohol-related offenses and, sadly, it is not surprising that he was drunk when he caused the car crash that killed Meredith Demko earlier this month in West Lampeter, PA. What is noteworthy is that the people in his car knew he was in no shape to drive. In […]

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Ridesharing Apps: The Cure for Drunk Driving?

Reporters with the Washington Post recently took a look at DUI stats in a handful of cities where ridesharing apps, such Uber and Lyft, are in place. What they discovered has some prominent groups taking notice. The analysis, published on the Post’s WonkBlog, took a look at DUI arrest rates in a handful of cities where ridesharing […]

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Government Accountability Office Reviews Ignition Interlock Installation Rates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a review of ignition interlocks: Alcohol Ignition Interlocks Are Effective While Installed; Less Is Known About How to Increase Installation Rates. Summary The report concluded that, when installed, alcohol ignition interlocks effectively reduce the rate of re-arrest for DWI. Once the devices are removed, DWI arrest rates […]

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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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New Study: Roadside Lasers Can Detect Alcohol Vapors in Cars?

Studies show that first-time DUI offenders drive drunk an average of 80 times before getting caught. While many communities are committed to preventing and stopping drunk driving, it’s simply not possible for local law enforcement to spot every impaired driver. But jurisdictions could soon get some high-tech help from lasers. Researchers in Poland recently used […]

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Report: New NFL drug policy would suspend first-time DUI offenders but reduce fines

According to recent news reports, as the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) continue to discuss changes to the league’s substance abuse policy, one significant change would apply to players who become first-time DUI offenders. The policy change is under consideration after a year of a number of high-profile DUIs, for NFL players and […]

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A Profound Loss for AMS

It was the 1980s when SCRAM inventor and AMS Co-Founder Jeff Hawthorne began working on his vision to create the world’s very first transdermal alcohol testing system. Inspired by the death of a college friend who was killed by a five-time drunk driver, Jeff had the foresight to identify a compelling market need for a different way […]

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Alcohol is Prevalent Topic at NADCP’s 25th Annual Training Conference

SCRAM Systems is spending the week at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 25th Annual Training Conference, where many of the country’s leaders in addiction and therapeutic criminal justice are sharing their expertise. In this special series we’ll be sharing some of the highlights of what we’re learning this week. Yesterday, the Honorable Christine […]

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Bill Would Give Repeat Drunk Drivers a Fifth Chance

Should repeat drunk drivers have the opportunity to get their driving privileges back? That was the question before the Illinois House this week. Under the state’s current laws, drivers with four DUI convictions permanently lose their license. Many think that the punishment fits the (repeated) crime and helps keep drunk drivers off the road. And […]

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New study finds that children riding with drunk drivers are less likely to wear seatbelts.

New Research: Kids Riding With Drunk Drivers Much Less Likely to Be Buckled Up

A new study shows that when it comes to drunk driving crashes, children are far more likely to die when riding with an impaired driver in comparison to being in a vehicle struck by a drunk driver. Using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), researchers from Northwestern University and the Erie Family Health Center […]

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