Tag Archives: alcohol-fueled offenses

South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program Linked to Lower Deaths in the General Population

A new study conducted by the RAND Corporation and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could give states one more reason to add 24/7 Sobriety Programs to their anti-drunk-driving efforts. Just published in Lancet Psychiatry, the study found that South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety […]

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States Make 24/7 Sobriety Legislation a Top Priority in 2016

While much progress has been made over the past couple of decades, alcohol-involved crashes still accounts for a third of the nation’s highway fatalities each year. That’s why many states continue to look for new tools and programs to combat drunk driving, and why so many states this year are considering 24/7 Sobriety Program legislation. The 24/7 Sobriety concept—which […]

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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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Drunk Driving Down Among Teens and Young Adults

A new study by researchers with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that between 2002 and 2014, drunk driving dropped by 59 percent among those aged 16 to 20 and by 38 percent among those aged 21 to 25. The study also showed significant drops in the same age groups […]

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Infographic: Drinking and DUIs During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there are lots of good things to look forward to during the holiday season. However, there’s one holiday tradition we could all do without: spikes in binge drinking, DUIs, and alcohol-involved crashes. Updated for 2015, this infographic highlights the troubling trend around holiday drinking and alcohol problems. Help #ChangetheTrend this […]

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Idaho Court Helping Alcohol-Involved Vets Restart Their Lives

When Sgt. David Taptto entered Idaho’s Second Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court, he joined the growing ranks of U.S. Military Veterans who have returned from service with substance abuse or mental health issues, and subsequently found themselves embroiled in the criminal justice system for the first time in their lives. Combining Justice With Treatment The […]

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Infographic: The Scary Truth About Halloween and Drinking

Halloween is no longer just for Trick-or-Treaters. The last decade has seen a spike in the number of adults who are mixing booze with their boos, and as a result, DUIs and alcohol-involved incidents have become a substantial issue on All Hallows’ Eve. Updated for 2015, this infographic highlights the scary truth about Halloween and […]

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Is Alcohol Coming to a Fast-Food Joint Near You?

Fast food restaurants in many other parts of the world offer alcoholic beverages, but until lately booze hasn’t been on the menu in lower-end chains in the U.S. But Taco Bell may soon be changing that. Earlier this summer the chain made news by opening a Chicago location that serves wine, beer, and alcoholic slushies. […]

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Guest Post: The Real World Impact of Missouri v. McNeely

My daughter, Maegan Spindler, and her supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Robert Klumb, were killed by a drunk driver while standing in a parking lot during daylight on July 8, 2013 in Pickstown, South Dakota. The killer, Ronald Ray Fischer, Jr. was acquitted of the most serious charges of Manslaughter, but was […]

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Sobriety “Tags” Stir Debate in UK

Last summer the United Kingdom launched its first compulsory “alcohol tag” trial, and earlier this week Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that the monitoring devices will soon be rolled out across the capitol. Over the past year, the City of London’s sobriety pilot has generated an animated and occasionally heated debate across the pond about whether 24/7 alcohol monitoring is a valuable […]

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