Tag Archives: alcohol-fueled offenses

CDC Reports 1 in 10 Adult Deaths Tied to Excessive Drinking

Intoxicated driving may be the most high-profile cause of alcohol-related deaths, but a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the consequences of excessive drinking go far beyond the roads. According to the article published in Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC researchers found that excessive drinking is responsible for nearly 88,000 […]

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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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Alcohol Monitoring Grants Available for Veterans Treatment Courts

Alcohol misuse and abuse pose significant risks for U.S. Military Veterans and are often central issues for Veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Over 80% of justice-involved Veterans had a substance abuse issue prior to incarceration, and many Veterans report alcohol as their substance of choice. Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) is a proven […]

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Funding for Public Safety & Victim Services in Tribal Communities

The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for funding to improve public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia may apply for funds to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues. DOJ’s existing Tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through, this single […]

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Ethan Couch uses affluenza defense to excuse drunk driving

“Too Rich” Defense? Teen Blames “Affluenza” for Drunk Driving

Last week a Texas judge handed down what many see as a light sentence to a teen who was behind the wheel in a deadly drunk driving crash. The boy’s defense: He is too rich to know right from wrong. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch was driving nearly twice the speed limit with a BAC three times […]

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Veterans Courts Give Hope and Sobriety to Those Who Served

When veteran Robert Wiese got arrested for a DUI after his “welcome home” celebration, he was embarrassed and ashamed. “Instead of using good judgment and using the ride I’d already established, I chose to drive, which was a poor decision.” Robert’s drunk driving offense was handled by the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court in Montana. Based on […]

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Don’t Let Drunk Driving Turn Halloween into a Real Nightmare

Spirits may be responsible for mayhem this All Hallows’ Eve, but they are likely to be of the manmade kind. Once mostly considered a chance for kids to dress up as their favorite superhero, more and more adults are taking part in Halloween. Nearly half of people aged 18 to 24, and 37% of 25- […]

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Study Shows Female Drunk Drivers Differ From Men

Women have typically represented a relatively small proportion of the drunk driving problem and this has made it more challenging to conduct research on this population. However, continued increases in impaired driving rates, impaired driving arrests, and impaired driving crashes across North America have spurred new interest in the problem. Building on a 2011 review of […]

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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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