impaired driving News

As More States Legalize Pot, Impaired Driving Warnings Issued

U.S. transportation safety officials are sounding the alarm on drug-impaired driving, calling for state and federal regulators to do more to tackle the growing problem as states grapple with prescription drug abuse and adopt a more permissive stance on marijuana. …

Federal Agencies Propose New Plan to Tackle Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving’s annual societal costs are estimated to be $109 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The figure is likely higher given that it doesn’t include property damage costs. With …

Louisiana Traffic Deaths Dropped Nearly 30% Between 2007 and 2013

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic fatalities dropped by 29 percent between 2007 and 2013. Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, the commission’s executive director, said the state had 993 traffic fatalities in 2007, compared with 703 in 2013, a drop …

Louisiana Drunk Driving Campaign Runs Through Labor Day

Law enforcement from around the state are in the midst of a statewide push to curb impaired driving. ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ will continue through Labor Day, Sept. 1. State police Sgt. James Anderson tells the American Press …

Hypothyroidism Linked to Impaired Driving

People with significant hypothyroidism can experience impaired driving similar to those who are driving when intoxicated by alcohol, a new study finds. The results were presented Sunday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine …

Michigan Arrests 451 Motorists in Drunken Driving Crackdown

Michigan authorities say they arrested 451 motorists for drunken driving during a three-week impaired driving crackdown in March and early April. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning announced Thursday that the number was a decrease from 510 drunken driving …

Georgia State Patrol to Ramp Up New Year’s Eve Patrols

The Georgia State Patrol promises to ramp up New Year’s Eve patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers, and authorities are encouraging residents to plan ahead and avoid the dangers of impaired driving. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety …

Marijuana DUI Bill Advances in Colorado After Delay

Marijuana blood limits for Colorado drivers are closer to approval. A House committee approved the bill Monday after a month-long delay. The bill would say drivers should be considered impaired if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms of THC …

More Than 300 DUI Arrests During New Year’s Period

Georgia state troopers arrested 321 people on charges of driving under the influence during the New Year’s holiday travel period, which began at 6 p.m. Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Tuesday. That compares to 262 arrests for …

Player’s Death Raises Questions About NFL’s Safe Ride Program

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Demarcus Dobbs walked away from a one-vehicle accident on his 25th birthday last month and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Less than two weeks later, with the NFL rocked by the …