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South Carolina Bar Sued For Overserving Motorcyclist Who Crashed, Killed Passenger

A bar in Columbia, S.C., has been accused of serving so much alcohol to one of its underage patrons that he became extremely intoxicated and crashed his motorcycle, killing a 19-year-old woman who was riding with him. The State of …

Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen Sentenced to Nearly 2 Years in Jail

The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck must serve nearly two years in jail, a judge ordered. Ethan Couch, who turned 19 on April 11, was making his first appearance in adult court. Initially, …

DUI Arrests Rise in Tennessee City, Decrease Statewide

The number of people arrested for driving under the influence in Chattanooga has risen despite a decrease in the number of DUI arrests statewide, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A recently released annual report from the agency showed …

Drunk-Driving Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen Sought by Authorities

Authorities are investigating whether a teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck — and claimed as part of his defense that he suffered from “affluenza” — has fled with his mother to avoid a potential violation of …

Highway Death Toll Takes Troubling Turn: Up 8.1% This Year

The death toll on U.S. highways rose 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015 as low fuel prices contributed to a jump in miles driven by Americans, according to new figures from the Transportation Department. The preliminary figures represent …

Florida Woman Tells Social Media Followers ‘I’m So Drunk’ Before DUI Arrest

“I’m so drunk,” a Florida driver repeatedly tells followers on the social media app Periscope, staring at her cellphone’s camera, mounted on the dashboard, before she is arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The Lakeland Police Department released …

Suburban Philadelphia County Shutting Down DUI Court Over Heavy Caseload

Court officials are shutting down a special court for drunken driving cases in the Philadelphia suburbs because it’s been too busy. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Sept. 23 that Montgomery County is ending the two-year pilot program because drunken-driving is …

N.Y. Sen. Schumer Pushes for High-Tech Solution to Drunk Driving

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car’s ignition if its driver is drunk. The New York Democrat said on July 26 that he is supporting …

Jury Awards $24M to Widower of Woman Killed in Florida Hotel Cabana

A South Florida jury awarded $24 million to a man whose pregnant wife was killed when a drunken driver slammed into a cabana at a Fort Lauderdale hotel. The decision came more than three years after a car crossed a …

Mass. High Court Orders Hearing on Alcotest Breathalyzer’s Reliability

Massachusetts’ highest court has ordered a hearing on the reliability of breathalyzer device Alcotest 7110 MK III-C in a drunk driving case where the defendant — along with 61 other defendants in similar cases — challenged the accuracy of test …