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

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

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Breathalyzer

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... read more August 5, 2014 by


 
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... read more May 7, 2014 by


 
Police officer with radar gun

So, You Got A Ticket. How Will That Affect Your Insurance Rate?

No one likes getting a ticket. For starters, there's the fear that comes with being pulled over, even if you're the goodiest goody-two-shoes in the shoe store. Then, there's... read more March 31, 2014 by


 
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New Study Shows That Marijuana May Be Deadly For Drivers

Recent polls show that a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Could that make the country's roads more dangerous for drivers? According to one study... read more March 3, 2014 by


 
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... read more December 23, 2013 by


 
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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... read more December 18, 2013 by


 
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... read more December 17, 2013 by


 
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... read more December 13, 2013 by


 
Epic drunk-driving prank

What Would It Take To Make You Stop Drinking & Driving? (Video)

Americans love playing pranks. We may be overweight, we may not have the world's highest scores in math and science, but no one can accuse us of not loving an elaborate... read more December 10, 2013 by


 
Breathalyzer

In Tampa, Florida, Validity Of DUI Arrests Called Into Question

Police officers don't have it easy. Many risk their lives every day. Few get paid what they're worth. And much of the public eyes them with suspicion, as if the police are... read more October 1, 2013 by


 
Drunken Corvette driver parks in puppeteer's living room -- image via The Burbank Leader

Is Your Designated Driver Too Drunk To Drive?

The Abstainer, the Chosen One, the Schmuck Who Drew the Short Straw: designated drivers are known by many names. According to a recent study, however, one name that many... read more June 10, 2013 by 0


 
World map of blood alcohol content limits (via NTSB)

Critics Attack Plan To Lower Blood Alcohol Limits: How Can We End Drunk Driving?

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board urged states to lower the blood alcohol content limit for motorists from .08 to .05. Doing so, the NTSB argued, would... read more May 22, 2013 by 2


 
Breathometer

Would You Carry A Breathalyzer In Your Car? Will You Be Required To?

Drunk driving is a big problem in many parts of the world. In France, for example, it's the leading cause of traffic fatalities, accounting for about one-third of all roadway... read more March 14, 2013 by 1


 
smoking pot

Pot Smoking Could Affect Driving For Weeks, Researchers Suggest

Does marijuana affect driving safety, and if so, how dangerous are pot-smoking drivers? There’s definitely evidence to suggest recent use might, even at somewhat low... read more March 4, 2013 by 4


 
CNN report on marijuana usage and driving skills

CNN Finds That Pot Smokers Are Actually Pretty Good Drivers

Back in November, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana. And despite federal laws prohibiting pot possession, President Obama has said... read more February 20, 2013 by 3


 

 
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