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Montana Driving Lower Alcohol Traffic Fatalities With 24/7 Sobriety

With a state population of just over 1 million, Montana continues to have one of the highest per capita alcohol-impaired driving fatality rates in the nation. Last year alone 192 people were killed on Montana’s roads and highways, with alcohol being the leading cause of fatal crashes. Although these numbers are still too high, Montana […]

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Powdered Alcohol Raising Concerns About Underage Drinking and Drunk Driving

Powdered alcohol may be widely available for sale soon, and that is raising concerns about what this new form of alcohol could mean for underage drinking, drunk driving, and public safety. Feds approve Palcohol The buzz about powdered alcohol—branded as Palcohol®—started last year when the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) initially approved […]

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Raising Taxes on Alcohol May Reduce Binge Drinking

A study recently published in Addiction indicates that raising taxes on beer, wine, and liquor may decrease rates of binge drinking among adults. Binge drinking is considered five or more drinks for a man or four or more for a woman on any one occasion. By comparing alcohol tax data for all 50 states with data from […]

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Do Energy Drink Cocktails Make You More Likely to Drive Drunk?

Cocktails that mix energy drinks and alcohol are very popular, but past research has found that the caffeine in energy drinks masks the effects of intoxication, often causing people to consume more than they would if they were drinking other types of alcoholic beverages. Now, a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research […]

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Texas Using Technology to Speed Up DUI Warrants

When suspected drunk drivers in Galveston, Texas, refuse a breath or sobriety test, police officers don’t have to go any farther than their smartphone or tablet to obtain a warrant for a blood draw. Galveston County’s Safety Through Rapid Investigation of Key Evidence program, or STRIKE, enables officers to contact a judge by video chat […]

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One City Wants to Serve More Alcohol on St. Patty’s Day Weekend

As the saying goes, on St. Patrick’s Day we are all a little Irish. From Tokyo to Chicago to Buenos Aires, St. Patrick’s Day has become an international holiday. While corned beef and green rivers are popular parts of the tradition, for many the holiday is about one thing: drinking. St. Patrick’s Day and the […]

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Infographic: The Unlucky Truth About St. Patrick’s Day and Drinking

There’s one St. Patrick’s Day tradition we could all do without: the spikes in binge drinking, DUIs, and alcohol-involved crashes that happen on the holiday and the weekend before. So before you head out for that green beer and calls of “Sláinte,” take a few minutes to check out this new infographic that highlights the […]

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NHTSA Studies Show Drugged Driving Increasing, But Drunk Driving More Dangerous

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released two new studies that highlight the changing landscape of impaired driving on America’s roadways. NHTSA’s most recent Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers shows a steady and significant decline in drunk driving—rates have dropped by nearly a third since 2007, and by more […]

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Defense Lawyer Offers Scholarship for Underage Drunk Driving

In an effort to help teens recognize the dangers of drunk driving, Colorado Springs defense attorney Christian Schwaner recently announced that he will award a $1,000 college scholarship for the best essay that recounts a teen’s experience of driving while intoxicated. Schwaner states the goal of his First Step Scholarship is to get teenagers to think […]

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Do Personal Breathalyzers Prevent or Promote Drunk Driving?

Alcohol breath testing isn’t just for law enforcement anymore. One of the hottest tech items of 2014 was the personal breathalyzer. The small, handheld devices display the user’s breath alcohol concentration (BrAC), either on the item itself or by connecting to a smartphone app. In addition, some of the apps provide options to call a cab, […]

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