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 …

Where Do Repeat Drunk Drivers Live? There’s a Map for That

Posting addresses or maps showing where convicted sex offenders live has become a common practice on law enforcement websites. Now, a police department in Wisconsin is taking a similar approach with repeat drunk drivers. The Janseville Police Department’s Project Sober Streets includes a map that shows where repeat DUI offenders live. Users can click on a pinpoint on the map …

Alcohol Problems on the Rise, Only 1 in 5 Adults Seek Help

  A new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that the rate of problem drinking has increased over the past decade. Researchers found that 14% of American adults have an existing alcohol problem, while nearly 30% of Americans will have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives. Data from the study …

SCRAM CAM “How It Works” Video

Launched in 2003, SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring™ is the world’s most widely used and trusted 24/7 transdermal alcohol testing system. But even after a decade in the marketplace and more than 365,000 monitored clients, people still ask: How does SCRAM CAM work? A new video that provides a high-level explanation of the science of transdermal alcohol monitoring, how SCRAM CAM detects alcohol consumption and tampers, and the …

Four Things You Need to Know About the New Proposed Guidelines for Oral Fluid Drug Testing

On May 15, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two sets of proposed regulations. The Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs Using Oral Fluid Specimens authorizes the use of oral fluid specimens. The second proposes changes to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Urine Specimens to incorporate some of the …

English Police Renew Calls to Lower Drink Driving Limit

Late last year, Scotland dropped its allowable level for drink driving to the equivalent of 0.05 BAC in the U.S., bringing Scotland’s drink driving standards in line with those in most other European countries. Now, the Police Federation of England and Wales has echoed calls by officials and health leaders to follow Scotland’s lead. One of the driving factors behind …