Drunk Driving

How to keep your teen from drinking and driving
How to keep your teen from drinking and driving

Roughly one-third of Americans don't get enough sleep, and we have a hunch that many of those fatigued folks are parents of teenagers. When adolescents begin spending more time away from home, in the company of their friends, it can leave adults tossing and turning, waiting for teens to get home...Read More»

Drunk driving poll from Alcoholic.org
Who drives drunk? Gen X guys from the Midwest

The holiday season is almost here, and with it comes an abundance of holiday parties overflowing with boozy beverages. We all know that those situations can increase the likelihood of someone driving drunk, but which people are the most likely to do so? The folks at Alcoholic.org--a privately owned...Read More»

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10 states with the harshest DUI penalties: Are laws having the desired effect?

It goes without saying that drunk driving is a very, very bad thing. Though the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol has fallen over the years, so has the total number of auto-related deaths. As a result, alcohol continues to play a role in 30 - 40 percent of U.S. traffic fatalities. In...Read More»

Smart Fortwo vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class crash test
U.S. car deaths far higher than other developed nations: How do we cut the fatality rate?

Earlier this week, we received some alarming news: preliminary data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015. All told, NHTSA believes that some 35,200 drivers, passengers, cyclists, and...Read More»

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Is Minnesota's alcohol breath test law legal? We're about to find out

At some point in your life, you've probably wondered, "Should I refuse an alcohol breath test?" There are a wide range of opinions on that thorny matter, which vary according to who's giving the advice, their interest in curtailing drunk driving, and, of course, where you're standing when you're...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: 70% of you talk on the phone while driving (and that's not all)

For untold millennia, people have tried to set good examples for their family, friends, and neighbors. And for just as long, family, friends, and neighbors have been busting such people for doing the very things they've told others not to do. It's one thing to take the "do as I say, not as I do"...Read More»

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Study: Young People Aren't Drinking & Driving As Much As They Used To

When we think about the problem of drinking and driving, we often associate it with younger, less experienced drivers. A new study shows that the practice has become far less common among motorists age 16 to 25, though we're not out of the woods, yet. ALSO SEE: Diesels Doomed? Delhi Deals Death...Read More»

Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, being co-developed by NHTSA & the auto industry
NHTSA Is Developing An Alcohol Detection System To End Drunk Driving: Would You Buy It? (Video)

Ignition interlocks are increasingly on the minds of folks who aim to end drunk driving. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested that interlocks -- those devices that prevent a car from starting if they detect that a driver is blotto -- should be required for anyone...Read More»

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Alcohol-Sniffing Ignition Interlocks Could Save Nearly $23 Billion & 4,000 Deaths Per Year

For years, elected officials and federal agencies have debated whether automakers should be required to equip new vehicles with alcohol ignition interlocks -- devices that verify a driver's blood alcohol level before she's allowed to start the car. Adding them would surely increase the cost of a...Read More»

mock DUI crash
As More States Get Legal Pot, Americans Hazy On Drugged Driving

We’re in the midst of holiday season, and most Americans understand the tremendous danger—and potentially devastating consequences—that drinking and driving subjects motorists and the public to. But what about the dangers of the widely available recreational marijuana that’s...Read More»

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No, You Don't Have To Take A DUI Test In Court

There's a lot of debate about sobriety tests for drunk drivers -- at least among those on the receiving end. For example, some lawyers will tell you to refuse a breathalyzer test if you're pulled over. Others will say that you're better to take it, because judges don't look too kindly at refusals...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
NTSB Pushes To Lower Blood Alcohol Limits For Drivers To 0.05, Restaurant Industry Freaks Out

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for several decades, but despite such improvements, alcohol has remained a contributing factor in roughly one-third of roadway deaths. For example, in 2001, 32 percent of America's 42,196 traffic fatalities were linked to drunk driving. Ten years later...Read More»

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Why Can't Cars Tell When A Driver Is Drunk? NHTSA's Working On That

We have smartphone apps that can adjust thermostats from thousands of miles away. We have bracelets to track our movement and our vital statistics. So why don't we have devices in our cars to determine when motorists are too drunk to drive? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has...Read More»

Automobile accident, Washington, D.C., 1923
July 4: Still The Deadliest Day Of The Year For American Drivers

It's been said before, and unfortunately, it's still true: July 4 remains the deadliest day of the year for American motorists. It's particularly deadly for younger drivers. Between 2008 and 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that a total of 630 people were killed on July 4 --...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Drunk Drivers Responsible For 20% Of Child Fatalities In Auto Accidents

Our cars have become much safer over the years, and as a result, traffic fatalities have been on the decline, reaching record lows. But you might be surprised to learn that drunk drivers still account for around one-third of all roadway deaths: in 2011, they were linked to 9,878 of the year's...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Are Democrats Better Drivers Than Republicans?

Last week, we published an article about the worst (and best) drivers in America. A study carried out by CarInsuranceComparison.com revealed that the worst drivers -- based on fatality rates, traffic citations, and other factors -- tended to live in the South, with better drivers situated in the...Read More»

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NHTSA: Ignition Interlocks Should Be Required For All Drunk Drivers, Even First-Timers

'Tis the season to be jolly -- occasionally, too jolly. With the eggnog and wassail a-flowin', the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figured now is a perfect time to encourage states to ramp up their efforts to end drunk driving. According to Detroit News, NHTSA wants every state to...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Louisiana Drivers Are The Worst In America (Rest of The South Isn't So Hot, Either)

When Shakespeare wrote about Italians and Spaniards, he tended to make them a little crazy. Too much sun makes the blood boil, went the thinking at the time. Four-hundred years down the road, we know that most Renaissance medical theories were pure hogwash, but could a new study about driving in...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Judge Gives Drunk Teen A Break, Likely Due To 'Affluenza': Would You Have Done The Same?

On the evening of June 15, 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch and his friends stole two cases of beer from a Texas Walmart. They made their getaway in Couch's Ford F-350. A few hours later, Couch slammed that truck into a group of pedestrians who were trying to fix an SUV stranded on the side of the...Read More»

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