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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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Super Bowl Leads to Super Drinking, Drunk Driving

The most dangerous place to be during Super Bowl 50 isn’t between the Denver Broncos’ star defense and Cam Newton—it’s out on the road. For many people, alcohol and Super Bowl celebrations go hand-in-hand. In addition, research shows that men between the ages of 21 and 35 make up the highest percentage of drunk drivers—the […]

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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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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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Innovative Drunk Driving Programs Recognized for Excellence in Traffic Safety

On December 3rd the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) honored six individuals with the Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Kevin Quinlan was a pioneering highway safety advocate and impaired driving expert who worked at NHTSA and NTSB. One of the award recipients was […]

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Drunk Driving Deaths Dropped in 2014, But the News Isn’t All Good

In November the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the official traffic fatality statistics for 2014, including fatalities tied to alcohol-related crashes. Last year drunk driving deaths fell to 9,967, finally dropping below 10,000 for the first time since 2011. Overall traffic fatalities also declined. NHTSA tempered the good news about the drop in […]

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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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Saturday Halloween Escalates Dangerous Drinking Trends

Witches, vampires, and zombies won’t be the only scary things out on the streets this weekend. Over the past decade, Halloween has increasingly become an adult- and alcohol-oriented holiday, and data shows that alcohol problems like binge drinking and drunk driving are highest when Halloween falls on a Saturday. What’s So Special About Saturday? Saturday […]

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