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Highway Safety Advocates Call for More Traffic Safety Laws

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates)—an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, and safety groups and insurance companies—recently released its 2016 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. In its thirteenth annual report, the group called on state lawmakers to pass more laws related to seatbelt and helmet use, child passenger safety, distracted driving, graduated […]

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NTSB Recommends Lower BAC, Technology to Reduce Drunk Driving Deaths

Earlier this month the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its top ten Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements for 2016. Once again, the NTSB included substance-impaired driving (drunk and drugged driving) in its priorities. Despite our nation’s concerted efforts to curb drunk driving, data indicate that one-third of highway deaths involve an alcohol-impaired driver—a […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Look at Penalties for Refusing BAC Tests During DWI Stops

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in three cases on the constitutionality of punishing suspected drunk drivers for refusing to submit to breath or blood alcohol testing when stopped by police. The three cases are Birchfield v. North Dakota, Bernard v. Minnesota, and Beylund v. North Dakota, which will be consolidated and […]

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24/7 Sobriety Programs Validated in Transportation “FAST” Act

Recently, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which covers highway and surface transit spending through fiscal year 2020. For the first time, the act includes $18 million in grant money to encourage states to adopt 24/7 Sobriety Programs to reduce drunk driving. Swift and Certain Consequences First launched in South Dakota in […]

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2015 Legislative Session Brings New Drunk Driving Laws

With summer in full swing, most state legislatures have completed or are close to wrapping up their work for the current session. Drunk driving and alcohol-related crime have been prominent issues in many states. Below is a quick summary of some of the laws that passed or were enacted this year: West Virginia Named “Willy and […]

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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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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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Poll: Should Minnesota Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

In 1984 President Reagan signed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, requiring all states to raise the legal drinking age to 21 or face reductions in their federal highway funding. Since 1995, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have complied. Turning Back the Clock But now, Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that would roll […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Revisit Warrantless Blood Draws for DUIs

The Supreme Court has turned down a request from prosecutors in Colorado to reconsider the use of warrantless blood draws as evidence in drunk driving cases. The prosecutors’ request stemmed from the case of Jack Schaufele. While Schaufele lay unconscious in a Colorado hospital following a car crash, a police officer had the medical staff take […]

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