Political Issues of Drunk Driving
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.
Minimum Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives
A comprehensive study on the minimum drinking age found that laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol by people under the age of 21 have significantly reduced alcohol-related fatal vehicle crashes.
Ignition Locks Effective For First-Time DWI Offenders
A study of more than 19,000 first-time drunk driving offenders found that interlocks that prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking can dramatically reduce driving while intoxicated charges.
Immediate License Suspension Saves Lives
State drunk driving laws that allow the immediate suspension of a driver's license for failing a breath test save 800 lives a year and serves as a deterrent to driving while intoxicated, according to a comprehensive, 26-year study.
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.
Drugged Driving a Growing Threat
Because there are more drug users, including those misusing prescription drugs, there are more drug users behind the wheel of vehicles.
States Move to Plug Interlock Loophole
Drivers convicted of driving under the influence have found a way around installing the expensive devices, sometimes on the advice of their attorneys, officials claim.
Bracelet Monitors Lindsay Lohan's Alcohol Consumption
Actress Lindsay Lohan was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet and submit to weekly drug testing for breaking her DUI probation terms.
MADD Calls for Tougher Child Endangerment Laws
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has called for tougher child endangerment laws, stricter enforcement by police and prosecutors, and training and public awareness for judges, attorneys, law enforcement, family services and other officials.
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.
No Alcohol Level Safe for Driving
A massive study of fatal traffic crashes has found that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption for drivers.
DUI Stop: Police Must Observe Erratic Driving
Police cannot stop a driver and administer a sobriety test based solely on receiving an anonymous tip, based on a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Congress Launches New 'Stop DUI Caucus'
With alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries on the rise after years of decline, a bipartisan group of members of Congress announced the formation of the Congressional Stop DUI Caucus to bring renewed attention to the nationwide epidemic of drunk driving.
New DUI Laws Unconstitutional?
In our eagerness to try to crack down on drunk drivers, especially repeat offenders, sometimes we may be overlooking other very important issues.
Bars Sued in Melissa Marvin Case
Two bars that served alcohol to a driver in a high-profile drunk driving fatality case are being sued by the families of the four teens who were killed.
60 Year Sentence!
North Carolina finally took repeat DUI offender Melissa Marvin off the road, but it's a bit too late for four New Jersey teens.
DUI: The Battle Stalls
The National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD) says the battle against drinking and driving has stalled and needs a new jump-start.
5 States Mandate Ignition Locks for First Offenders
Laws have gone into effect in six states that will require drivers convicted of drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.
Death Penalty for Drunk Drivers?
The North Carolina Supreme Court hears a landmark case that could decide if drunken drivers who kill should be eligible for the death penalty.