Back-to-School Season Most Dangerous Time for Binge Drinking

While the first few weeks of the school year can be some of the most exciting for college students, they are also some of the most deadly when it comes to alcohol and binge drinking. College and Drinking Culture Defined as 4 drinks for women and 5 for men in a two hour period, binge […]

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Guest Post: The Real World Impact of Missouri v. McNeely

My daughter, Maegan Spindler, and her supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Robert Klumb, were killed by a drunk driver while standing in a parking lot during daylight on July 8, 2013 in Pickstown, South Dakota. The killer, Ronald Ray Fischer, Jr. was acquitted of the most serious charges of Manslaughter, but was […]

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Sobriety “Tags” Stir Debate in UK

Last summer the United Kingdom launched its first compulsory “alcohol tag” trial, and earlier this week Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that the monitoring devices will soon be rolled out across the capitol. Over the past year, the City of London’s sobriety pilot has generated an animated and occasionally heated debate across the pond about whether 24/7 alcohol monitoring is a valuable […]

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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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Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana Increases Impairment in Drivers

With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use, the results of a recent study are giving law enforcement agencies a new cause for concern when it comes to intoxicated driving. According to researchers with the Institute for Human Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, combining alcohol with pot more […]

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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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Alcohol Problems on the Rise, Only 1 in 5 Adults Seek Help

A new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that the rate of problem drinking has increased over the past decade. Researchers found that 14% of American adults have an existing alcohol problem, while nearly 30% of Americans will have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives. […]

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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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English Police Renew Calls to Lower Drink Driving Limit

Late last year, Scotland dropped its allowable level for drink driving to the equivalent of 0.05 BAC in the U.S., bringing Scotland’s drink driving standards in line with those in most other European countries. Now, the Police Federation of England and Wales has echoed calls by officials and health leaders to follow Scotland’s lead. One […]

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Montana Driving Lower Alcohol Traffic Fatalities With 24/7 Sobriety

With a state population of just over 1 million, Montana continues to have one of the highest per capita alcohol-impaired driving fatality rates in the nation. Last year alone 192 people were killed on Montana’s roads and highways, with alcohol being the leading cause of fatal crashes. Although these numbers are still too high, Montana […]

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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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Raising Taxes on Alcohol May Reduce Binge Drinking

A study recently published in Addiction indicates that raising taxes on beer, wine, and liquor may decrease rates of binge drinking among adults. Binge drinking is considered five or more drinks for a man or four or more for a woman on any one occasion. By comparing alcohol tax data for all 50 states with data from […]

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