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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Do Energy Drink Cocktails Make You More Likely to Drive Drunk?

Cocktails that mix energy drinks and alcohol are very popular, but past research has found that the caffeine in energy drinks masks the effects of intoxication, often causing people to consume more than they would if they were drinking other types of alcoholic beverages. Now, a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research […]

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Study Finds Working Long Hours Linked to Excessive Drinking

Three martini lunches may be a thing of the past, but for many workers heading out to happy hour or grabbing a drink is a normal way to wind down at the end of a long day on the job. And new research suggests there is a strong link between working long hours and drinking. […]

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Texas Using Technology to Speed Up DUI Warrants

When suspected drunk drivers in Galveston, Texas, refuse a breath or sobriety test, police officers don’t have to go any farther than their smartphone or tablet to obtain a warrant for a blood draw. Galveston County’s Safety Through Rapid Investigation of Key Evidence program, or STRIKE, enables officers to contact a judge by video chat […]

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Drug Court Funding Available for Local Governments and Courts

Grants for drug court services, coordination, offender management, and recovery support services The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released its 2015 solicitation for the Drug Court Discretionary Grant program. This program provides funding to state, local and tribal governments and courts looking to implement, improve, enhance, or expand drug court […]

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One City Wants to Serve More Alcohol on St. Patty’s Day Weekend

As the saying goes, on St. Patrick’s Day we are all a little Irish. From Tokyo to Chicago to Buenos Aires, St. Patrick’s Day has become an international holiday. While corned beef and green rivers are popular parts of the tradition, for many the holiday is about one thing: drinking. St. Patrick’s Day and the […]

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Infographic: The Unlucky Truth About St. Patrick’s Day and Drinking

There’s one St. Patrick’s Day tradition we could all do without: the spikes in binge drinking, DUIs, and alcohol-involved crashes that happen on the holiday and the weekend before. So before you head out for that green beer and calls of “Sláinte,” take a few minutes to check out this new infographic that highlights the […]

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Poll: Should Minnesota Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

In 1984 President Reagan signed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, requiring all states to raise the legal drinking age to 21 or face reductions in their federal highway funding. Since 1995, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have complied. Turning Back the Clock But now, Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that would roll […]

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Funding Available for Programs Using Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions (SCF)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that funding is available for jurisdictions that want to implement or enhance a Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions (SCF) program model. The grants will support programs that aim to replicate the success of the Hawaii HOPE program, which focuses on swift and […]

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NHTSA Studies Show Drugged Driving Increasing, But Drunk Driving More Dangerous

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released two new studies that highlight the changing landscape of impaired driving on America’s roadways. NHTSA’s most recent Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers shows a steady and significant decline in drunk driving—rates have dropped by nearly a third since 2007, and by more […]

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Clubs in UK Breathalyze Patrons to Curb Alcohol-Related Violence

Londoners may need to do more than pay a cover charge to get into nightclubs. The London Metropolitan Police (the Met) is testing a new program to let club staff give breathalyzer tests to patrons before they can enter. If the person registers a “high” BrAC—approximately twice the U.K. legal driving limit—they are turned away […]

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