Drunk Driving News

Ignition Interlock Laws Reduce Alcohol-Involved Fatal Crashes

State laws requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders appear to reduce the number of fatal drunk driving crashes, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Colorado School of Public Health researchers suggests. The …

Sobriety Checkpoints Reduce Drunk Driving Better Than Increased Penalties

Driving while impaired (DWI) causes more than 10,000 deaths per year in the United States. Although enforcing criminal sanctions for DWI is the traditional response, the success of these measures has been inconsistent. This study looked at risk perceptions as …

Indiana Driver Involved in Double Fatal Tesla Crash Intoxicated at Time

The driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, Ind., killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive, according to a police report released Wednesday. The report, which includes toxicology test results, said …

5 Things Designated Drivers Don’t Want Passengers to do on the Drive Home

Allianz UK surveyed 2000 people in October and found that over a third (36 percent) will take on the role of designated driver over the festive period so that their passengers can attend an event and enjoy a drink or …

Energy Drinks, With or Without Alcohol, Contribute to Drunk Driving

Highly caffeinated energy drinks (EDs) have been of concern to the public-health community for almost a decade. Many young people consume EDs with alcohol to decrease alcohol’s sedative effects and stay awake longer, enabling them to drink more alcohol. Adding …

US Supreme Court Limits Drunk Driving Test Law

The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests. The justices ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before requiring drivers to …

Drugged Driving Increases as Drunk Driving Declines

The nation’s decades-long campaign to combat drunk driving continues to make our roads safer, but use of marijuana and prescription drugs is increasingly prominent on the highways, creating new safety questions, according to two studies released by the Department of …

Drunk Driving Cases at a 20-Year Low in Minnesota Last Year

The number of arrests and criminal convictions for drunken driving in Minnesota has dropped to the lowest level in 20 years. Authorities credit changing attitudes about driving drunk and improved enforcement for the decline. About 25,700 people were arrested for …

Even Very Low BAC Levels Associated With Causing Car Crashes

Even “minimally buzzed” drivers are more often to blame for fatal car crashes than the sober drivers they collide with, reports a University of California, San Diego study of accidents in the United States. Led by UC San Diego sociologist …

Missing Tire Leads to DWI Charge for New York Woman

State police say a 56-year-old western New York woman was nearly three times over the legal limit for drunk driving when troopers spotted her traveling with one of her front tires missing. Authorities say troopers stopped Roxanne Tallman’s vehicle Saturday …