DUI

Legalizing marijuana causes more crashes...or does it?
Legalizing marijuana causes more crashes...or does it?

Legal weed is a big deal these days, with advocates claiming that marijuana has the ability to help those with chronic medical conditions and also raise millions in tax dollars. But is all that high praise really warranted? Two reports issued this week suggest that the answer is a definite "maybe"...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Ohio judge orders drunk drivers to install Lyft, Uber on their smartphones

You might've heard of Judge Michael A. Cicconetti. Based in Painesville, Ohio, he's become widely known for meting out punishments that are often thoughtfully matched to the wrongs of the convicted. For example: He ordered a woman who abandoned 35 kittens in the woods to spend a night in the woods...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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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»

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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 the 15 or 20 minutes that's stolen from your busy life while the officer checks your paperwork and writes the ticket. If...Read More»

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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, the answer is "probably so". POT & PUBLIC POLICY In 1971, president Richard Nixon publicly declared war on drugs, naming...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»

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 practical joke. (There's a reason the Jackass phenomenon started here.) We also love stories about disorientation: comas, returns...Read More»

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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 the bad guys instead of the guys hired to catch the bad guys. Reports of police corruption don't make things any easier. A...Read More»

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 designated drivers don't live up to is "sober". The study was conducted by Adam Barry, an assistant professor of health education...Read More»

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 reduce the number of drunk driving incidents and the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Reducing traffic deaths seems...Read More»

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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 deaths. Accordingly, last year France passed a law requiring motorists to carry breathalyzers in their cars. That law went...Read More»

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