impaired driving News

Cops Draw Blood to Catch Impaired Drivers

It was about 6:30 on a Friday night in January when Phoenix Police Det. Kemp Layden pulled over a white Jeep Cherokee that was speeding and weaving in and out of its lane. The 47-year-old driver spoke slowly, his eyes …

Can Commercial Auto Insurers Get to Profit Before Autonomous Vehicles Arrive?

Commercial auto insurance hasn’t produced an industrywide combined ratio below 105 in the United States since 2010, according to a Guy Carpenter analysis, which says the line’s poor performance is a key factor in overall property/casualty underwriting results. “It is …

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 …

Many Weed-Smoking Canadian Drivers Say They Can Drive Unimpaired: Insurers

Almost half of weed-smoking Canadian drivers say that they can safely operate a vehicle while stoned. Among Canadians who have driven under the influence of marijuana, 44 percent don’t think it impacts their ability to drive safely, according to a …

Maine Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Blood Test Bill for Drivers

A Maine bill that would allow a blood test to determine whether a driver is impaired from marijuana use is heading to defeat. The Maine House on April 1 voted unanimously to reject the bill, which set a blood level …

Maine Group Urges Law for Drivers Under Marijuana Influence

A Maine working group has recommended that lawmakers pass legislation setting a blood-level limit for drivers under the influence of marijuana. The group, which includes state troopers and marijuana legalization advocates, recommended that marijuana should be regulated but disagreed on …

For Vermont Police, Checking for Pot-Impaired Drivers Is Work in Progress

It’s common knowledge that driving with blood alcohol content higher than .08 violates the law. But with marijuana, things are a lot more hazy. As Vermont and other states consider following the lead of Colorado and Washington state in legalizing …

Six Southeast States Team Up to Combat Driving Under the Influence

Law enforcement officials in six states are launching their 24th annual “Hands Across the Border” campaign aimed at catching motorists driving under the influence. The five-day campaign kicked off August 31 involving law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, …

N.Y. Launches Statewide Multimedia Campaign Against Impaired Driving

New York is launching a statewide multimedia campaign to remind motorists of the deadly impacts of impaired driving. The campaign funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will use billboards, radio, television and social media. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

Vermont Lawmakers Weigh Roadside Spit Test to Detect Drugged Driving

Vermont is one of a growing number of states looking at following Colorado and Washington’s lead by legalizing marijuana, but there’s a problem. How can police identify those too stoned to drive? The Vermont House Transportation Committee is considering a …