Tag Archives: technology

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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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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Where Do Repeat Drunk Drivers Live? There’s a Map for That

Posting addresses or maps showing where convicted sex offenders live has become a common practice on law enforcement websites. Now, a police department in Wisconsin is taking a similar approach with repeat drunk drivers. The Janseville Police Department’s Project Sober Streets includes a map that shows where repeat DUI offenders live. Users can click on […]

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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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Texas Using Technology to Speed Up DUI Warrants

When suspected drunk drivers in Galveston, Texas, refuse a breath or sobriety test, police officers don’t have to go any farther than their smartphone or tablet to obtain a warrant for a blood draw. Galveston County’s Safety Through Rapid Investigation of Key Evidence program, or STRIKE, enables officers to contact a judge by video chat […]

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Do Personal Breathalyzers Prevent or Promote Drunk Driving?

Alcohol breath testing isn’t just for law enforcement anymore. One of the hottest tech items of 2014 was the personal breathalyzer. The small, handheld devices display the user’s breath alcohol concentration (BrAC), either on the item itself or by connecting to a smartphone app. In addition, some of the apps provide options to call a cab, […]

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Cheers or Jeers for Uber’s Surge Pricing During High DUI Holidays

In July, reporters with the Washington Post found a correlation between the introduction of ridesharing apps, such Uber, and a decline in drunk-driving arrests in some cities where the apps have gained popularity. The correlation prompted MADD to tout Uber as a “reliable and affordable alternative” to drunk driving. High Prices During Heavy Drinking Times But recent news […]

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NekNominate goes viral on social media

Drinking Game #NekNominate Goes Viral on Social Media

From reading updates from friends and family to watching cute cat videos, Americans spend on average over 3 hours a day on social media. And that’s why a dangerous new meme is causing such a stir. The drinking game “NekNominate” is sweeping Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other social media outlets throughout Australia, the U.K., and […]

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New Website Gives DWI Victims the Chance to Share Their Story—Will it Make a Difference?

Jacqui Saburido is one of the most well-known drunk driving victims in the country. In September of 1999, Jacqui and four friends were headed home from a party when a drunk driver hit their car. Two passengers died at the scene and Jacqui was badly burned after the car caught fire. Her story and her […]

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Big Win for Impaired Driving Programs When President Signs MAP-21 Transportation Bill

Congress went to work last week with the passage of the $109 billion Moving Ahead for Progress (MAP) 21 Transportation Bill, and President Obama formalized the legislative process today by signing this historic bill into law. While many of the provisions of this bill are intended to create jobs, address student loan issues, and shore […]

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