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Safety Groups Argue Curtailing Impaired Driving Requires Moving Beyond Fines, Jail Time

Efforts to curtail impaired driving and related accidents by repeat offenders on the road should address the underlying problems prompting the unsafe behavior, according to a new report from state highway officials and the liquor industry’s drunk driving prevention group. …

5th Circuit: No Assertion that Drunken Driving Equals Intention to Crash

If a drunken motorist collides with another vehicle, can the incident truly be called an accident? A federal judge in Texas said “no” and dismissed a plaintiff’s lawsuit seeking punitive damages from Cincinnati Insurance Co. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court …

Traffic Fatalities Dropped in Texas in 2018

After seven straight years of increases, the number of traffic fatalities in Texas fell in 2018, the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) reported. Texas Department of Transportation data show that traffic fatalities dropped 4 percent from 3,720 in 2017 to …

Marijuana, Opioids Found in High Percentage of Drivers Killed in Car Crashes

More than half of drivers killed in car accidents who were tested for drugs had marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in their system, according to a new report. The report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) …

Texan Who Used ‘Affluenza’ Defense in Fatal Accident Released from Jail

Ethan Couch, who as a 16-year-old driver drunkenly struck and killed four pedestrians but dodged prison after suggesting at trial that his irresponsibility was a result of his entitled upbringing, has walked free after serving almost two years in a …

DWI Fatalities New Mexico Fell 16 Percent in a Year

New Mexico’s DWI fatalities dropped 16 percent in 2017 from the previous year. Gov. Susana Martinez announced the decrease of alcohol-related fatalities from 173 in 2016 to 145 in 2017 on Friday as she said law enforcement agencies across the …

Traffic Accident Deaths Still Increasing as Distracted Driving Reports Decline

Traffic accident deaths in the U.S. continue to rise, even while deaths related to distracted driving decline. Pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths are way up. The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, producing …

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 …