Newly released alcohol monitoring data for drunk drivers shows that when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend, drinking violations skyrocket, with nearly double the illegal drinking for offenders who are court-ordered to abstain from alcohol.
December 01, 2012
Laura’s Law Changes Take Effect December 1st
One of North Carolina’s most notable legislative efforts this year will go into effect December 1, essentially expanding sanctions and monitoring requirements for repeat drunk drivers.
November 17, 2012
DUI Offender Drinking Jumps 54% on Thanksgiving Day
New data on repeat, high-risk drunk drivers ordered to be monitored continuously for drinking shows that violations increase an average of 54% on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday, now considered one of the deadliest for alcohol-related fatalities by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is second only to New Year’s Eve/Day, when violations jump 62%.
When Vietnam Veteran Larry Strange stood before Veterans Court Judge Ardie Bland last month, a large audience, including Kansas City Mayor and Veteran Sylvester James, were gathered for the day’s appearances. Strange, after successfully completing his court-ordered period of alcohol monitoring, said two unusual things: He thanked Judge Bland for putting him in the monitoring program, and he asked if he could continue to wear his court-ordered alcohol bracelet, despite completing the court’s requirement. “I haven’t felt this good in 15 years,” he said. “This bracelet, with my ‘surveillance team,’ has saved my life.”
October 25, 2012
Scared Sober? Data Shows Drinking Goes Up 25% on Halloween Weekend
Newly released data on individuals monitored every 30 minutes for alcohol consumption shows drinking increases 20.4% on a weekday Halloween, and nearly 25% the weekend prior, compared to drinking the rest of the year.