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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 …

South Carolina City Paints Patrol Car Like Taxi to Discourage Drunk Driving

The Spartanburg, S.C., Police Department has come up with a unique way to draw attention to the cost of drunk driving. The department announced last month that it will be stationing a police car in the downtown area with the …

Drunk Driver Ignition Locks Offer ‘Significant’ Benefits, Savings: Study

Putting technology that prevents drunk drivers from starting a vehicle into every car and truck in the U.S. could save 59,000 lives and $343 million over 15 years, according to a University of Michigan study. U-M’s Injury Center and Transportation …

Parents Awarded $1.5M in Oklahoma Teen Drunk Driving Case

Parents of a 17-year-old Oklahoman who was killed in a traffic accident in 2012 have been awarded $1.5 million in a civil case settlement. The Oklahoman reports that Donna and Duane Kerns have settled with Woodshed Liquor Store, which sold …

North Carolina Legislators Approve Tougher Drunken-Driving Bills

North Carolina lawmakers want a tougher no-alcohol policy imposed upon more motorists permitted to drive again following an impaired-driving conviction. The House voted this week for a measure saying drivers who get their licenses restored can’t drive with any alcohol …

Man With Four Times BAC in Montana Crash Admits to 10th DUI

A man who caused a wreck in Billings, Mont. in December while driving with a blood alcohol concentration four times the legal limit has pleaded guilty to his 10th DUI. David South also pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment for the crash …

Drugged Driving Increases While Drunk Driving Decreases

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 …

Colorado Legislators Weigh Harsher Punishment For Repeat DUIs

Repeat DUI offenders in Colorado will face tougher penalties under a bill lawmakers are considering this year. Colorado is among five states where DUI offenders face only misdemeanor charges even after repeated convictions. Lawmakers want to change that so people …