Tag Archives: drunk driving
Ethan Couch uses affluenza defense to excuse drunk driving

“Too Rich” Defense? Teen Blames “Affluenza” for Drunk Driving

Last week a Texas judge handed down what many see as a light sentence to a teen who was behind the wheel in a deadly drunk driving crash. The boy’s defense: He is too rich to know right from wrong. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch was driving nearly twice the speed limit with a BAC three times […]

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hungover driving

“Morning After” and Hungover Driving is Still Impaired Driving

Think “sleeping it off” makes you safe to drive after a night of drinking? Think again. In the U.K., new statistics show that “morning after” drunk drivers account for 10% of all drunk-driving arrests. The drivers were pulled over between 6 and 8 a.m., still intoxicated hours after their last drink. People assume a few […]

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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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Don’t Let Drunk Driving Turn Halloween into a Real Nightmare

Spirits may be responsible for mayhem this All Hallows’ Eve, but they are likely to be of the manmade kind. Once mostly considered a chance for kids to dress up as their favorite superhero, more and more adults are taking part in Halloween. Nearly half of people aged 18 to 24, and 37% of 25- […]

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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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5 Tips to Prevent Underage Drinking During Homecoming

Homecoming is an annual rite of passage for high school students, and one that often involves alcohol. Underage drinking and alcohol-related crashes involving minors tend to increase during homecoming season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 22% of teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes were drinking. More than half of fatal […]

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Removing the Guesswork: NTSB Recommends Setting Clear Goals to Reduce Drunk Driving

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the last in a five-part series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. In the past four posts I’ve explored the NTSB’s recommended countermeasures to affect “meaningful reductions in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.” These include: Lowering the legal BAC […]

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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption in America

Infographic: The Impact of Alcohol Consumption in America

Most people are aware of the devastating consequences of alcohol-impaired driving, but the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse extend far beyond our highways. This infographic shows the unexpected ways alcohol misuse is taking a toll on the U.S. Click infographic to enlarge. Share This Infographic On Your Site Copy and paste the following snippet: Please include attribution to […]

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Moving the Needle: Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities by Focusing on Repeat DWI Offenders

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the fourth in a series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. The NTSB recommends using DWI Courts and other programs to reduce recidivism by repeat DWI offenders. Since traditional countermeasures have limited effects on individuals who repeatedly […]

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