Tag Archives: impaired driving

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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NHSTA Unveils Prototype of Driver Alcohol Detection System

In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a collaboration with major car makers to research and potentially create technology that can passively detect when a driver is drunk and prevent a car from starting. And earlier this month, NHTSA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) unveiled a test vehicle equipped with the Driver […]

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New Research Highlights Effectiveness of North Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program

A recent analysis of North Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program is providing more evidence that mandatory sobriety for DUI offenders, as verified by alcohol monitoring technology, has a positive impact on preventing drunk driving. A Statewide Solution for a Statewide Problem North Dakota has one of the highest rates of alcohol misuse and binge drinking in the […]

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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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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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Fans Can Tackle Drunk Driving on Super Bowl Sunday

In 2014, nearly half of all American households watched the Super Bowl. This Sunday’s big game is expected to draw a similar number of viewers, and as friends and family gather to watch, alcohol will be a staple of many celebrations. Police around the country report that drunk driving arrests and alcohol-involved crashes spike on Super Bowl […]

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Impaired Driving Remains a Top Priority for NTSB

Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases its “Most Wanted List” with 10 critical transportation safety improvements needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives. The goal of the list is to increase awareness of these serious safety issues and promote viable solutions to address them. Once again, NTSB’s “Most Wanted List” includes a push to end […]

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Will Colorado’s Felony DUI Bill Reduce Drunk Driving?

In January, Colorado lawmakers will consider a new DUI bill (HB 1036) making repeat DUI offenses a felony. Currently, Colorado is one of just five states plus the District of Columbia without a felony DUI law. DUIs in the state are treated similarly in the eyes of the court whether it is a first or tenth offense. […]

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NHTSA Releases 2013 Drunk Driving Statistics

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that drunk driving deaths in the United States are once again headed in the right direction. The latest data attributes 10,076 deaths in 2013 to intoxicated driving—a 2.5% decline from 2012. And December 2013 saw the fewest number of drunk driving deaths during the year—a surprising shift […]

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