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Volvo Plans to Equip Cars with Sensors to Stop Drunk or Dangerous Drivers

Volvo Cars is planning to fit its next generation of autos with cameras and sensors that will detect drunk or distracted drivers and intervene to stop dangerous rides. From the early 2020s, Volvos will have the ability to notice if …

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Traffic Safety Measures

A wide-ranging traffic safety proposal filed Tuesday by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker would ban drivers from using handheld cellphones and give police increased power to enforce the state’s seatbelt requirements. The bill also calls for mandatory speed limit reductions in …

Wisconsin Lawmakers Try Again With First Offense Drunken Driving Bills

Two Republican legislators are continuing their quest to crack down on drunken driving, reintroducing bills Thursday that would make a first offense a crime and impose stiffer penalties on repeat offenders. Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling have been …

Driving Under the Distracted Influence: Smartphone Telematics for a Safer Road

Drunk driving accounts for nearly a third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, with approximately one death occurring every hour. We have a long history with drunk driving: In 1906, New Jersey became the first state to adopt …

Pot-Positive Drivers Rise as Alcohol-Positive Drivers Decline

In just seven years, the number of marijuana-positive drivers increased 50 percent, according to the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol & Drug Use by Drivers. On the flip side, the percentage of alcohol-positive drivers decreased 77 percent between 1973 …

Professor Behind Designated Drivers Turns Focus on Distracted Ones

A Harvard University professor who introduced Americans to the concept of designated drivers to deter drunken driving is now taking on the deadly problem of motorists distracted by cellphones and other electronics. Jay Winsten is consulting with federal and Massachusetts …

Wisconsin Legislators Target Adults That Host Underage Drinkers

Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a proposal two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating. The bill would address what Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard call the “social host” loophole in …

DUI Offenders’ In-Car Breathalyzers Curb Drunk Driving Deaths by 15%

State laws that require drivers who’ve been convicted of drunk driving to pass a breathalyzer-type test before starting their cars saved an estimated 915 lives between 2007 and 2013, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public …

New Mexico Governor Signs DWI Legislation to Toughen Penalties

After hugging family members of victims killed in drunken driving-related accidents, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday aimed at toughening penalties for drunken driving offenses. Martinez signed the measure during a ceremony at New Mexico State Police …

New York Case Tests Limits of Criminal Blame

A New York man is about to go on trial in vehicular homicide case that tests the limits of criminal consequences. He wasn’t behind the wheel when a police officer was struck and killed – he was leaning against the …