South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program Linked to Lower Deaths in the General Population

A new study conducted by the RAND Corporation and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could give states one more reason to add 24/7 Sobriety Programs to their anti-drunk-driving efforts. Just published in Lancet Psychiatry, the study found that South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety […]

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States Make 24/7 Sobriety Legislation a Top Priority in 2016

While much progress has been made over the past couple of decades, alcohol-involved crashes still accounts for a third of the nation’s highway fatalities each year. That’s why many states continue to look for new tools and programs to combat drunk driving, and why so many states this year are considering 24/7 Sobriety Program legislation. The 24/7 Sobriety concept—which […]

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Funding Alert: SAMHSA Offering Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment in Drug, Tribal Courts

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is now accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 grants to expand substance abuse treatment in Adult Drug Courts and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in […]

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Highway Safety Advocates Call for More Traffic Safety Laws

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates)—an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, and safety groups and insurance companies—recently released its 2016 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. In its thirteenth annual report, the group called on state lawmakers to pass more laws related to seatbelt and helmet use, child passenger safety, distracted driving, graduated […]

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Super Bowl Leads to Super Drinking, Drunk Driving

The most dangerous place to be during Super Bowl 50 isn’t between the Denver Broncos’ star defense and Cam Newton—it’s out on the road. For many people, alcohol and Super Bowl celebrations go hand-in-hand. In addition, research shows that men between the ages of 21 and 35 make up the highest percentage of drunk drivers—the […]

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NTSB Recommends Lower BAC, Technology to Reduce Drunk Driving Deaths

Earlier this month the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its top ten Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements for 2016. Once again, the NTSB included substance-impaired driving (drunk and drugged driving) in its priorities. Despite our nation’s concerted efforts to curb drunk driving, data indicate that one-third of highway deaths involve an alcohol-impaired driver—a […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Look at Penalties for Refusing BAC Tests During DWI Stops

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in three cases on the constitutionality of punishing suspected drunk drivers for refusing to submit to breath or blood alcohol testing when stopped by police. The three cases are Birchfield v. North Dakota, Bernard v. Minnesota, and Beylund v. North Dakota, which will be consolidated and […]

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24/7 Sobriety Programs Validated in Transportation “FAST” Act

Recently, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which covers highway and surface transit spending through fiscal year 2020. For the first time, the act includes $18 million in grant money to encourage states to adopt 24/7 Sobriety Programs to reduce drunk driving. Swift and Certain Consequences First launched in South Dakota in […]

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Drunk Driving Down Among Teens and Young Adults

A new study by researchers with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that between 2002 and 2014, drunk driving dropped by 59 percent among those aged 16 to 20 and by 38 percent among those aged 21 to 25. The study also showed significant drops in the same age groups […]

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Innovative Drunk Driving Programs Recognized for Excellence in Traffic Safety

On December 3rd the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) honored six individuals with the Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Kevin Quinlan was a pioneering highway safety advocate and impaired driving expert who worked at NHTSA and NTSB. One of the award recipients was […]

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Drunk Driving Deaths Dropped in 2014, But the News Isn’t All Good

In November the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the official traffic fatality statistics for 2014, including fatalities tied to alcohol-related crashes. Last year drunk driving deaths fell to 9,967, finally dropping below 10,000 for the first time since 2011. Overall traffic fatalities also declined. NHTSA tempered the good news about the drop in […]

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Australian Study Suggests Many Adults Willing to Give Alcohol to Minors

A new study from Australia’s Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) suggests that an alarming number of people don’t think it is wrong to supply alcohol to other people’s kids. The study looked at people’s attitudes toward illegal alcohol-related acts, and found that when respondents were presented with a hypothetical situation, nearly one-third said […]

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Infographic: Drinking and DUIs During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there are lots of good things to look forward to during the holiday season. However, there’s one holiday tradition we could all do without: spikes in binge drinking, DUIs, and alcohol-involved crashes. Updated for 2015, this infographic highlights the troubling trend around holiday drinking and alcohol problems. Help #ChangetheTrend this […]

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