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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Ridesharing Apps: The Cure for Drunk Driving?

Reporters with the Washington Post recently took a look at DUI stats in a handful of cities where ridesharing apps, such Uber and Lyft, are in place. What they discovered has some prominent groups taking notice. The analysis, published on the Post’s WonkBlog, took a look at DUI arrest rates in a handful of cities where ridesharing […]

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Government Accountability Office Reviews Ignition Interlock Installation Rates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a review of ignition interlocks: Alcohol Ignition Interlocks Are Effective While Installed; Less Is Known About How to Increase Installation Rates. Summary The report concluded that, when installed, alcohol ignition interlocks effectively reduce the rate of re-arrest for DWI. Once the devices are removed, DWI arrest rates […]

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Federal Funds Available for Juvenile and Family Drug Courts

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced two fiscal year 2014 funding opportunities. Both applications are due by July 23, 2014. Enhancements to Juvenile Drug Courts. A Juvenile Drug Court provides comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, community-based services for youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system due to alcohol or […]

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CDC Reports 1 in 10 Adult Deaths Tied to Excessive Drinking

Intoxicated driving may be the most high-profile cause of alcohol-related deaths, but a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the consequences of excessive drinking go far beyond the roads. According to the article published in Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC researchers found that excessive drinking is responsible for nearly 88,000 […]

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Colleges are revoking admission to students caught drinking

The Cost of a Beer During a Campus Visit? $2 and Your College Admission

You’ve worked hard for four years. You’ve taken your SATs and ACTs, gotten letters of recommendation, filled out countless applications, and been accepted to your dream college. And now you’re off to visit campus. Time to party, right? Not so fast. Many colleges invite admitted students to spend some time on campus during the summer […]

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Two Progressive TN Laws Expand Monitoring to Non-DUI Offenders, Mandate Treatment

On July 1, two new laws go in to effect in Tennessee that keep the state at the forefront of progressive legislation aimed at better supervising and deterring future behavior of repeat offenders. Amelia’s Law is named after Maryville, Tennessee, teenager Amelia Keown, who was killed in a head-on collision with an offender who had a long […]

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New Study: Roadside Lasers Can Detect Alcohol Vapors in Cars?

Studies show that first-time DUI offenders drive drunk an average of 80 times before getting caught. While many communities are committed to preventing and stopping drunk driving, it’s simply not possible for local law enforcement to spot every impaired driver. But jurisdictions could soon get some high-tech help from lasers. Researchers in Poland recently used […]

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Report: New NFL drug policy would suspend first-time DUI offenders but reduce fines

According to recent news reports, as the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) continue to discuss changes to the league’s substance abuse policy, one significant change would apply to players who become first-time DUI offenders. The policy change is under consideration after a year of a number of high-profile DUIs, for NFL players and […]

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As UK Gets Tough on Alcohol and Crime, the BBC Puts New Tools to the Test

In the U.K., upwards of 50% of violent crime is linked to alcohol, and one-third of police time is reportedly spent dealing with “drink-related” crime. In the last 2 years, U.K. officials have looked to the U.S. for some of the programs and technologies that have been making a difference in the management and mitigation of […]

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Alcohol is Prevalent Topic at NADCP’s 25th Annual Training Conference

SCRAM Systems is spending the week at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 25th Annual Training Conference, where many of the country’s leaders in addiction and therapeutic criminal justice are sharing their expertise. In this special series we’ll be sharing some of the highlights of what we’re learning this week. Yesterday, the Honorable Christine […]

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