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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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Moving the Needle: Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities by Focusing on Repeat DWI Offenders

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the fourth in a series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. The NTSB recommends using DWI Courts and other programs to reduce recidivism by repeat DWI offenders. Since traditional countermeasures have limited effects on individuals who repeatedly […]

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NTSB .05 BAC Recommendation Stirs Controversy in DUI Community

In the weeks since the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) submitted a recommendation to lower the legal BAC limit for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 BAC, commentary from politicians, lobbying groups, the media, and the general public has been wide-spread. The general consensus is that alcohol-related accidents are still far too frequent in the U.S.: […]

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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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Top Impaired Driving Story of 2012: 27 States See Drop in Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities

Just in time to wrap up a year full of good news in the fight against Impaired Driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the 2011 numbers for alcohol-impaired motor vehicle fatalities. Overall, the U.S. saw yet another year of reductions in traffic deaths due to alcohol, with a drop of 2.5% […]

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Top Newsmakers of 2012: RAND Substantiates Impact of 24/7 Sobriety Programs on Impaired Driving

One of the most noteworthy newsmakers this year in the fight against Impaired Driving came out of South Dakota, when the RAND Corporation published the first peer-reviewed, longitudinal study of the state’s highly publicized 24/7 Sobriety Program.

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Top 12 of 2012: MAP-21 Increases the Odds in the Fight Against Impaired Driving

As part of Impaired Driving Prevention Month, Sobering Up is taking a look back at the year’s Top 12 Newsmakers in the fight against alcohol-involved crime and Impaired Driving. This post is Part 6 of 12. A piece of legislation that had bipartisan support in 2012 was the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century […]

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Top 12 of 2012: U.K. Looks to U.S. as a Model for Impaired Driving Tactics

It has been estimated by the United Kingdom’s Home Office that “irresponsible” drinking costs taxpayers in the U.K. between £18-25  ($29-40) billion a year. Additionally, there were nearly 1 million alcohol-related violent crimes, and 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions in the U.K. in 2011. In an effort to get a handle on the ever-increasing issue […]

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A Year in Review: 2012’s Top 12 Newsmakers for Impaired Driving Prevention

In December of 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation establishing “National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Week” in recognition of the problem of drunk driving. At that time, approximately 25,000 people were losing their lives each year due to drunk driving. Now, 30 years later, “3D” week has transformed into National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. […]

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