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Information about Drunk Driving

Due to the efforts of advocacy groups like MADD, the penalties and consequences of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and drugs have gotten much stiffer.
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  2. Victims of Drunk Driving (9)
  3. DUI Prevention Efforts (15)
  4. Political Issues of DUI (12)
  5. Diana Crash Investigation (13)
  6. MADD (11)

What Happens If You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving?
If you have been arrested for drunk driving for the first time, you are probably wondering what is going to happen next and what you will have to do to get your driving privileges returned.

Drunk Driving Sentence Enhancement Quiz
Will your DUI sentence be enhanced? Answer these question to find out what level of consequences you may be facing when you go to court for drunken driving.

Why You Should Never Drink and Drive
It's not a question of whether you are legally intoxicated, it's a question of whether or not it is safe to drive when you have consumed any amount of alcohol. Research shows that impairment begins long before a person reaches the blood alcohol concentration level of .08.

10 Things That Happen If You Get a DUI
Here is a list of penalties and expenses you will have to face in most states if you are convicted of driving under the influence.

Drunk Driving Email Course
Sign up for this four-day email course to learn why driving while drinking is dangerous, the penalties and costs of driving while intoxicated, why the penalties have increased, and the implications of an alcohol evaluation.

Should You Refuse a Breathalyzer?
You may think you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer or roadside sobriety test if you are stopped on suspicion of drunken driving. You would be wrong.

Do You Need a Drunk Driving Attorney?
With the new drunk driving laws across the nation, will hiring a DUI lawyer really help or merely end up being another in a long line of expenses?

Can You Have a DUI Conviction Expunged?
After you have completed your drunk driving sentence and have done everything the court and the department of motor vehicles required of you to get your driver's license back, you may find that just having a DUI conviction on your record is punishment in itself.

The Penalties and Costs of Drunk Driving
In case you haven't noticed, the penalties for drinking and driving have gotten a lot tougher thanks to groups like MADD. Even for first offenders, the costs of a drunk driving conviction can add up quickly.

What Is a DUI Sentence Enhancement?
A drunk driving sentence enhancement can be a legal or factual circumstance that provides for stiffer punishment because of a greater threat to the public safety by the driver.

Will Your Drinking Be Evaluated?
If someone is arrested for drunk driving, most states make the assumption that the person has a drinking problem and they mandate alcohol evaluation, education and treatment before restoring driving privileges.

DUI and Alcohol Evaluation
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, in most states at some point you will be evaluated to find out if you have a drinking problem that may require treatment. This quiz is an example of the questions you will be asked and the results you may receive from the evaluation.

How Court-Ordered Alcoholics Anonymous Works
If you are facing court mandated attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, you probably have questions about what is going to happen next.

Is a DUI a Felony?
Under most circumstances a conviction for driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, but there are circumstances upon which a DUI can be a felony.

States Adopting No Refusal DUI Strategy
A new 'No Refusal' strategy is reducing alcohol-related traffic deaths and increasing convictions for driving under the influence.

Drunk Driving During the Holidays
If you plan to drink during this up-coming holiday season and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, the police really are out to get you off the road.

What Do You Do to Stop Friends From Driving Drunk?
Driving after you have been drinking is never a good idea, but how about when someone who is obviously intoxicated thinks they are OK?

A Designated Driver Is Not the 'Least Drunk'
Instead of picking someone to remain sober and be the designated driver, a new study has found that many young people are choosing the "least drunk" of their group to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking.

State by State Drunk Driving Laws
Laws regarding drunk driving vary from state to state. These pages explain the highlights of the laws of each state in the U.S. for driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated or operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

SCRAM Ankle Bracelet Measures Blood Alcohol 24/7
More and more law enforcements agencies are beginning to use a new high-tech tool that helps them track the alcohol consumption of previous offenders, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated
The likelihood of having an "accident" increases with every drink a driver takes. Here are the cold, hard facts.

The difference between DUI and DWI explained by the About.com Alcoholism Guide.

How Does a Drunk Driving Conviction Affect Your Insurance?
If you are convicted of drunk driving, in most states your automobile insurance rates are likely going to go up for at least three years and you will probably be learning at lot about something called SR-22.

Does the .08 BAC Standard Work?
The National Highway Transportaion Safety Administration completed three studies of the effects of lowering the illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit from .10 percent to .08 percent.

Strict Licensing Laws Cut Drunk Driving
Young drivers in states with more restrictive driver-licensing laws have lower rates of heavy drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol than those in states with less restrictive laws.

Effectiveness of SCRAM Device Questioned
In response to the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse article 'Ankle Bracelet Measures Blood Alcohol 24/7' Douglas Stellato Kabat, LCSW submitted the following response.

DUI - Is Jail the Best Answer?
A long-time supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has suggested to the organization that pushing jail sentences for DUI offenses may not always be the best solution.

Terms Associated With Drunk Driving
This list includes some of the legal terms and acronyms associated with drunk driving cases, also known as driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired.

State Driver's Records Agencies
Request your driver's record directly from the department of transportation or motor vehicles division.

Many Drunk Drivers Are Not Problem Drinkers
Not all drunk drivers are problem drinkers, so prevention efforts should be targeted at a wider range of drinkers, not just the chronic heavy drinkers, researchers have concluded.

The War Against Drunk Drivers
In light of the revelation that Princess Diana's driver was drinking, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups are using the incident as ammunition in their war against drunk drivers.

Victims of Drunk Drivers
The loved ones of those killed by drunken drivers have published many memorial pages on the Internet honoring the victims. There are hundreds of them.

DUI Victims - Still Suffering
Not all victims of drunk drivers are killed. Many survive the crashes, but for some their lives are changed forever.

Drinking Dangerous for Driver and Passengers
Vehicle crash victims who have alcohol in their systems at the time of the crash suffer worse injuries, and are more likely to sustain a severe injury, than those who haven't been drinking, a new study finds.

Drunk Drivers Not All 'Problem Drinkers'
Not all drunk drivers are problem drinkers, so prevention efforts should be targeted at a wider range of drinkers, not just the chronic heavy drinkers, researchers have concluded.

Drunk Driving Increases, Study Shows
After a decline of alcohol-impaired driving throughout most of the 1990s, a new study shows that driving while intoxicated has increased signficantly and researchers believe is linked to an increase in binge drinking.

Imaging Study Shows Why Drunk Drivers Are Dangerous
Imaging studies of the brain when it is under the influence of alcohol reveal that different areas of the brain are impaired under high and low levels of alcohol, according to a Yale study.

Energy-Drink Cocktails Mask Alcohol's Effects
Young people who drink alcohol mixed with "energy drinks" may not feel the effects of their drinking as much, but their motor coordination and visual reaction time are just as impaired, according to a study by Brazilian researchers.

Alcohol and Trauma
Trauma is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States and alcohol plays a big role in accidents and injuries.

Alcohol-Related Impairment
Alcohol consumption is associated with a wide range of accidents and injuries resulting from impaired performance of complex mental and motor functions.

Alcohol Impairs More Than Motor Skills
The cognitive effects of the alcohol linger well after motor performance is back to alcohol-free levels, causing drinkers to believe they are sober when they may still be impaired.

Drinking and Driving
Drinking alcohol impairs a wide range of skills necessary for carrying out the basic tasks required to drive safely.

Drunk Driving Deaths Increased In 17 States
Alcohol-related traffic death rates decreased in 32 states but increased in 17 during the last five years.

Lower BAC Level
From your About.com guide, MADD has once again taken the lead in trying to get legislation passed to crack down on drunk driving.

DUI Deaths Hit Record Low
Traffic deaths related to alcohol were at their lowest rate but still account for one-third of all highway deaths.

Not Guilty of Manslaughter?
A California judge said a drunk driver was not guilty of manslaughter in an auto crash case in which a baby, delivered prematurely after the crash, died hours later.

New Standard for Impaired Driving
A vote by the U.S. Senate virtually forces all states to adopt a .08 legal intoxication standard for drunk drivers.

Tough Year for Drunk Drivers
The Year 2000 was generally a tough year for drunk drivers and important one for those who advocate stiff restrictions and greater penalties.

Blood Alcohol Calculator
Use this calculator to estimate your blood alcohol concentration by the number of drinks that you had. The results are only approximate estimates of your actual BAC level.

Alcohol-Impaired Driving
An eye-opening fact sheet from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Effects At Specific B.A.C. Levels
The effects of alcohol intoxication are greatly influenced by individual variations among users. Some users may become intoxicated at a much lower levels.

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