Tag Archives: drunk driving

Impaired Driving Remains a Top Priority for NTSB

Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases its “Most Wanted List” with 10 critical transportation safety improvements needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives. The goal of the list is to increase awareness of these serious safety issues and promote viable solutions to address them. Once again, NTSB’s “Most Wanted List” includes a push to end […]

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Proposed Laws Would Bar Drunk Drivers From Buying Alcohol

Special Licenses Would Prohibit Liquor Purchases For the second time in two years, New Mexico State Representative Brian Egolf has proposed a bill to prohibit convicted drunk drivers from purchasing alcohol. The bill—which was defeated in the state’s senate in 2013—would require DUI offenders who are under orders to use an ignition interlock to carry […]

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I’rm Jush Tipsy! Speech Analysis Could Outsmart Drunk Drivers

Computer scientists at Queens College and Columbia University have developed software to identify if someone is drunk based on their speech. They believe someday the technology could be added to cars to keep people from driving while under the influence of alcohol. Library of Drunken Speech The software is based on the work of researchers […]

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Cheers or Jeers for Uber’s Surge Pricing During High DUI Holidays

In July, reporters with the Washington Post found a correlation between the introduction of ridesharing apps, such Uber, and a decline in drunk-driving arrests in some cities where the apps have gained popularity. The correlation prompted MADD to tout Uber as a “reliable and affordable alternative” to drunk driving. High Prices During Heavy Drinking Times But recent news […]

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Will Colorado’s Felony DUI Bill Reduce Drunk Driving?

In January, Colorado lawmakers will consider a new DUI bill (HB 1036) making repeat DUI offenses a felony. Currently, Colorado is one of just five states plus the District of Columbia without a felony DUI law. DUIs in the state are treated similarly in the eyes of the court whether it is a first or tenth offense. […]

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Dr. Mark Rosekind Confirmed as Head of NHTSA

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Dr. Mark Rosekind to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The position of NHTSA administrator has been vacant for nearly a year. Dr. Rosekind became a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2010 and is a renowned expert on human fatigue. During his tenure […]

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NHTSA Releases 2013 Drunk Driving Statistics

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that drunk driving deaths in the United States are once again headed in the right direction. The latest data attributes 10,076 deaths in 2013 to intoxicated driving—a 2.5% decline from 2012. And December 2013 saw the fewest number of drunk driving deaths during the year—a surprising shift […]

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6 Tips for Hosting a Safe Holiday Party

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 728 people will be injured or killed each day in drunk driving accidents between Thanksgiving and New Year’s—a rate two to three times higher than the rest of the year. The spike in binge drinking and drunk driving this time of year is due in part to […]

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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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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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