Tag Archives: technology

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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Leandra’s Law: Closing interlock loophole runs aground in NY House

New York’s groundbreaking Leandra’s Law had its first official challenge last month when an offender sentenced to the mandatory year of ignition interlock challenged his sentence after failing to install the system in the required timeframe, then failing subsequent uploads and tests. Ernan Perez’s challenge represents the first reported one to the state law, but […]

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California law reduces oversight of parolees, will it cost more in the long run?

According to the Los Angeles Times, a little known California law has caused an astounding increase in the number of paroles who were taken off supervision. About 8,500 parolees were taken off supervision in April , more than six times the 1,300 discharged in March. Under the new law, parolees who were last imprisoned for […]

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Highlights for Friday June 1st at NADCP in Nashville

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals 18th Annual Drug Court Training Conference continues into the second full day of the conference Friday, and the schedule is jam packed full of events and DWI/Alcohol-specific happenings. Highlights: 7:00-8:00 a.m. The Drug Court Expo/Exhibit Hall Opens early for breakfast and networking. This could be your last chance […]

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NY State Takes the Lead in Closing Ignition Interlock Loopholes

Alcohol Monitoring Systems applauds the New York State Senate, and in particular the leadership of Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick),  with the passage of S6636.  The new law is intended to strengthen Leandra’s Law, which was signed into law in 2011, and mandated ignition interlock for every convicted DUI offender in every vehicle they […]

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