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RAND Study Looks at Military Contractors and Alcohol Misuse

For a significant number of veterans, alcohol misuse is one legacy of their military service. In 2006, 1.8 million veterans of any age met the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder. And in 2010, the VA saw 362,737 veterans who had been diagnosed for an alcohol abuse problem. But a new study from the […]

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MN court to hear necessary drunk driving case

Minnesota Supreme Court to Look at “Necessary Drunk Driving” Defense

A Minnesota woman is appealing her 2011 careless driving charge to that state’s Supreme Court on the basis that driving drunk was her only option to flee from domestic violence. Jennifer and Jason Axelberg were drinking with friends at a rural resort when they began to argue. The argument escalated when they returned to their […]

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Thanksgiving Eve sees climb in drinking and drunk driving

Blackout Wednesday lives up to its name: Binge drinking and drunk driving spike on Thanksgiving Eve

Looking forward to scoring mega deals on Black Friday? You have to make it through Blackout Wednesday first. In many parts of the country, Thanksgiving Eve has become the biggest drinking night of the year, earning it the nickname “Blackout Wednesday.” A “Perfect Storm” for Excessive Drinking A number of factors contribute to this rise […]

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Holiday drinking & DUIs

Infographic: Change the Trend on Holiday Drinking & DUIs

A fatal collision following a Thanksgiving party. A teen starts the new year in a wheelchair because of an alcohol-related crash. A repeat drunk driver kills three on Christmas Day. This time of year brings celebrations, time with family, joy, and peace. Unfortunately, a dramatic increase in DUI offenses and alcohol-related highway deaths has also […]

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Drunk Driver Who Made YouTube Confession Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years

An Ohio court has sentenced 22-year-old Matthew Cordle, famous for confessing to killing a 61-year-old-man in a drunk driving accident via a video he posted online, to 6 ½ years in state prison. Per Ohio state law, his driving privileges were revoked for life. Cordle, who is a first-time DUI offender and was at  0.19 […]

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MA High School Sets Drunk Driving Message Back 30 Years

If you aren’t outraged now, you may be by the end of this post. In early October, Massachusetts high school honor student Erin Cox received a message from a friend who had been drinking, asking for a ride home from a party. According to the Boston Herald, Cox arrived to pick up her friend just […]

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Powerful Video Confession Spurs #saveyourvictim Campaign

Last June just outside Columbus, Ohio, 61-year-old Vincent Canzani was killed in a drunk driving crash after another driver drove the wrong way. It happens 10,000 times a year in the U.S., even after decades of PR campaigns and ever-increasing DUI penalties. ‘ But what makes this case different is the drunk driver, who has […]

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NADCP Conference Attendees Urge Congress to Invest in Communities by Funding Drug and DWI Courts

Last month, attendees at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 19th Annual Training Conference left the convention hall for a day and headed to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and their staff. Their goal: to give legislators a better understanding of the drug court model and how these courts are making a difference […]

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“Get 2 DUIs, Lose Your Ride”: One City’s Approach to Fighting Drunk Driving

Sanctions for driving while intoxicated are intended to keep offenders from repeating their mistake. Consequences range from fines to the loss of one’s driver’s license. But what if those consequences included the loss of your car? One city in Washington state is hoping to reduce DUIs by taking away offenders’ keys–and the vehicle they start. A […]

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Amnesty for Minors in Possession: Good Idea, or Get out of Jail Free Card?

On May 11th, a 20-year-old Arizona State University student was left unconscious in a wheelchair at a local ER with a post-it note stuck to his body to alert staff that he had been drinking heavily and needed help. By the time medical personnel began treatment, the young man’s skin was blue and he was […]

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