Highway Safety Advocates Call for More Traffic Safety Laws

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates)—an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, and safety groups and insurance companies—recently released its 2016 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. In its thirteenth annual report, the group called on state lawmakers to pass more laws related to seatbelt and helmet use, child passenger safety, distracted driving, graduated driving privileges for teens, and …

States Make 24/7 Sobriety Legislation a Top Priority in 2016

While much progress has been made over the past couple of decades, alcohol-involved crashes still accounts for a third of the nation’s highway fatalities each year. That’s why many states continue to look for new tools and programs to combat drunk driving, and why so many states this year are considering 24/7 Sobriety Program legislation. The 24/7 Sobriety concept—which aims …

Fewer people charged in Colorado with driving while high in 2015

Fewer people charged in Colorado with driving while high in 2015 The State Patrol arrested fewer people on allegations they were driving under the influence of marijuana last year than in the previous year, according a report released Thursday. The report is the first glimpse at how the change in law is affecting highway safety, because the patrol did not …

8 Frightening DUI Facts For Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us, and in the spirit of the season, we’d like to relate a few facts that are more than a little scary. We have MADD. We have Drive Clear. We have catchy slogans (“Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”) and ad campaigns that were so successful nearly everyone has seen or at least heard about them. …

MADD and State Farm Survey Shows Teens Riding with Drinking Drivers

Friends Don’t Let Friends Ride with a Drinking Driver MADD and State Farm Insurance recently conducted a survey of adolescents (15-20) to determine the frequency and their attitudes of riding with a drinking driver1: About 1 in 3 youth surveyed (ages 15-20) have been a passenger with a drinking driver at least once in the past year. 1 in 4 …

Infographic: The Scary Truth About Halloween and Drinking

Halloween is no longer just for Trick-or-Treaters. The last decade has seen a spike in the number of adults who are mixing booze with their boos, and as a result, DUIs and alcohol-involved incidents have become a substantial issue on All Hallows Eve.

Is Alcohol Coming to a Fast-Food Joint Near You?

Fast food restaurants in many other parts of the world offer alcoholic beverages, but until lately booze hasn’t been on the menu in lower-end chains in the U.S. But Taco Bell may soon be changing that. Earlier this summer the chain made news by opening a Chicago location that serves wine, beer, and alcoholic slushies. And the company has announced …

Back-to-School Season Most Dangerous Time for Binge Drinking

While the first few weeks of the school year can be some of the most exciting for college students, they are also some of the most deadly when it comes to alcohol and binge drinking. College and Drinking Culture Defined as 4 drinks for women and 5 for men in a two hour period, binge drinking is a particularly high …

Studies Find Multiple Uses for GPS Technology in Monitoring Offenders and Preventing Crime

Due to the widespread use of GPS technology in law enforcement and little evidence-based knowledge of its effectiveness, NIJ funded two studies about how parole officers in California used GPS technology to monitor high-risk gang and high-risk sex offenders. The research showed how GPS supervision might affect parole compliance and recidivism. The sex offender population who received traditional parole supervision …