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New Mexico Cracking Down on Drunken Drivers

New Mexico authorities will be cracking down on drunken drivers throughout the month of December. State police issued the warning this week, saying sobriety checkpoints will be set up around the state. Officers also will be asking for driver’s licenses, …

Oregon High Court Rules .09% Not Enough to Convict for Drunken Driving

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a driver whose blood alcohol content registered .09% nearly two hours after he was stopped should not have been convicted of drunken driving. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the legal limit for driving is .08 …

Under New Law, Kansas Drivers Can Refuse Field Sobriety Tests

Kansas drivers can no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a field sobriety test under a new state law. The Wichita Eagle reported that a change in state law that took effect on July 1 means police can’t …

Hawaii Drunken Driving Bill Would Prohibit Alcohol Purchase for 3 Years

Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a measure that would allow judges to prohibit people convicted of drunken driving from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol for three years after their conviction. The measure, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Chris Lee, has yet …

Criminalizing 1st-Time DUIs in Wisconsin Is a Tough Sell

With a new Democratic ally in the governor’s office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, …

Family of Indiana Couple Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Seattle for $13M

The family of a central Indiana couple who died after a repeat drunk driver struck them in Seattle has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the West Coast city for $13 million. The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled …

Driving Drunk: Bishop Who Killed Cyclist in Maryland is Denied Parole

A former Episcopal bishop who struck and killed a cyclist in Baltimore, Md., while driving drunk will remain in prison after the Maryland Parole Commission rejected her plea for early release. Heather Cook, once the second-highest-ranking Episcopal leader in Maryland, …

Nation’s Toughest DUI Limit at 0.05 Percent Passed by Utah Lawmakers

Utah could soon have the strictest DUI threshold in the nation after state lawmakers on Wednesday night voted to lower the limit for a driver’s blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent, down from 0.08 percent. The measure heads to Utah’s governor, …

Driver in Double Fatal Tesla Crash in Indiana Was Drunk, Police Say

The driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive, according to a police report released Wednesday. The report, which includes toxicology test results, said 27-year-old …

Holiday DUI Enforcement Push in Arizona Underway

Law enforcement officials plan to gather at Arizona’s Capitol to publicize the launch of their annual DUI enforcement and sober designated driver campaigns. State, local and federal officials are set to speak at Tuesday’s news conference. They’ll highlight the dangers …