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Lawyers: Massachusetts Withheld Evidence About Breathalyzers

Lawyers representing 750 drunken driving defendants in Massachusetts say the state withheld evidence that might show Breathalyzer results were flawed. The Boston Globe reports the lawyers believe they are missing about 400 potentially exculpatory documents detailing the calibration of the …

Kentucky Passes Bill to End Shock Probation in Fatal DUI Crashes

A bill aimed at eliminating the option of shock probation for people convicted in fatal drunken driving crashes has cleared the Kentucky General Assembly. The Senate voted 33-4 March 8 for final passage of the bill, House Bill 222, sending …

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Kentucky Food Truck Crowd Killing 2, Injuring 7

Two pedestrians were killed and seven others injured after police say a drunken driver whose blood-alcohol content was five times the legal limit lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a crowd standing near a food truck in a …

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 …