British Prime Minister Promises More Sobriety Bracelets

In a speech at last weekend’s G20 summit in Australia, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that if his party is returned to power in the 2015 election, he will expand the use of “sobriety bracelets” to help curb alcohol-related crime. Sources estimate that if the plan moves forward, up to 5,000 individuals a year in […]

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addressing the unique needs of Veterans who have become involved in the justice system

U.S. Military Veterans Find Help and Hope in Special Court

A disproportionate number of U.S. Military Veterans find themselves embroiled in the U.S. justice system after returning from combat. Veterans Treatment Courts, first established in 2007 in Buffalo, NY, are addressing the unique needs of veterans who have become involved in the justice system as a result of disability or addiction issues stemming from their service. Today, […]

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Holiday drinking & DUIs

Infographic: Drinking & DUIs During the Holidays

There’s one holiday tradition we could all do without: the spikes in binge drinking, DUIs, and alcohol-involved crashes that come with the holiday season. A new resource is making a difference by educating communities about dangerous holiday drinking and encouraging them to take steps to address the problem. The Holiday Drinking & DUIs–Change the Trend site is a portal to […]

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Infographic: The Scary Truth About Halloween and Drinking

Halloween is no longer just for Trick-or-Treaters. The last decade has seen a spike in the number of adults who are mixing booze with their boos, and as a result, DUIs and alcohol-involved incidents have become a substantial issue on All Hallows Eve. This new infographic highlights the scary truth about Halloween and drinking. See […]

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Police Tweet Alcohol Crimes in Real-Time

Police in England are using social media to give the public a better understanding of the extent and impact of alcohol-related crime. One weekend last month, police in Devon and Cornwall, areas that attract thousands of seaside visitors each weekend, took to Twitter to chronicle the toll alcohol-related incidents take on law enforcement and emergency […]

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Should We Have National Mandatory Minimums for DUIs?

The Chilean government is cracking down on impaired driving by imposing mandatory incarceration for drunk drivers. Recently the Chilean president signed a national law that imposes a minimum 1-year prison sentence on impaired drivers who cause crashes that result in serious injuries or deaths. DUI Crash Triggers National Response The law stems from outrage over a drunk […]

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Schools Add New Homecoming Tradition: Mandatory Alcohol Testing

Flowers? Check. Dress and tux? Check. Dinner reservations? Check. Breathalyzer? Check. Homecoming is a highlight for many high school students, but it is also one of the most dangerous nights of the year for teens as underage drinking and alcohol-related crashes involving minors tend to increase around the event. A New Trend In an effort […]

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Minnesota High Court Reviews Implied Consent in Drunk Driving Cases

All 50 states have implied consent laws, which state that by having a license drivers agree to alcohol testing in the event of being suspected of DWI. The exact requirements of the laws vary from state to state. In some, implied consent refers only to field sobriety tests, while in others it includes blood, breath, or […]

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Target 25 receives Governors GHSA award

Pennsylvania Pretrial Program Recognized for Reducing Repeat DUIs

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has awarded Judge John Kennedy and York County, PA’s Target 25 Program the 2014 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award for outstanding highway safety accomplishments. Repeat DUIs in York County The Target 25 Program originated when Judge Kennedy, who presides over the York County Court of Common Pleas, realized that approximately […]

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Beer May Be Coming to a College Football Game Near You

Colleges may have a reputation for being awash in alcohol, but traditionally college football stadiums have been a dry island on campus. Until now. While beer is often a part of tailgating, most schools—and the conferences they play in—ban alcohol sales within the stadium itself. But according to a recent Associated Press article, as of […]

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Colorado Tries Free Parking and Rides to Stop Drunk Driving

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), more than 26,000 Coloradans are arrested for DUI and over 150 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes each year. In an effort to combat drunk driving, on the last Fridays in August CDOT is offering “Last Call Lots” near some of downtown Denver’s most popular watering holes. The innovative program […]

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A Possible Crystal Ball for Predicting Which Teens Will Binge Drink

Researchers in Europe may have started to unlock the mystery of why some teens binge drink and others don’t. For their study, published in July in Nature, researchers took brain scans and analyzed the behaviors of 700 14-year-olds across Europe. In particular, they noted the teens’ personality traits, background, genetics, and drinking patterns. They then […]

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Should Passengers be Held Responsible for Drunk Drivers?

  Thomas Gallagher has a long history of alcohol-related offenses and, sadly, it is not surprising that he was drunk when he caused the car crash that killed Meredith Demko earlier this month in West Lampeter, PA. What is noteworthy is that the people in his car knew he was in no shape to drive. In […]

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