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Drunk Driving

Rideshare Services Give MADD Reason to Be Glad

Posted on May 16th, 2016

Thanks to technology-based rideshare services such as Uber, it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B. Pull out your smartphone, link to the appropriate app, and you can order and pay for a car and driver to be at your side within minutes, usually at rates much lower than a traditional taxi. And that has Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) smiling.

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Cops, Cost, Carnage Deter Teens From Driving Drunk

Posted on February 17th, 2015

There are many dangers and risks associated with underage drinking, but drunk driving is one of the worst. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-quarter of teens admit to having gotten into a car with a drunk driver within the previous month. Eight percent of teens say that they drove after drinking in the past month. In 2010, nearly one-quarter of the teenaged drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. If we can prevent teens from drinking and driving, many lives could be saved. But what works?

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Are You Legally Drunk? What You Need to Know About Blood-Alcohol Content

Posted on August 6th, 2013

Blood-alcohol content, or blood-alcohol concentration (BAC), is a way of measuring a person’s level of alcohol intoxication. The measure refers to the percentage of alcohol in a person’s blood compared to the total volume of blood. For example, a BAC of 0.08 (which is the legal driving limit for most states in the U.S.) means that the mass of alcohol in a person’s blood is equivalent to 0.08, or eight-tenths of 1 percent, of the person’s total blood volume. BAC is primarily used as a medical and law enforcement tool, for treatment, and for determining when a person is considered to be legally intoxicated and impaired.

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30 Million Americans Drive Drunk; 10 Million Drive Drugged

Posted on December 13th, 2010

An average of 13.2% of all American drivers drove under the influence of alcohol, and an average 4.3% drove under the influence of an illicit substance within the past year, according to a new survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Approximately 40 million drivers each year are driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance—a dangerous trend that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says causes 33% of all motor vehicle fatalities.

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Parental Liability When a Child Gets in an Accident Driving Your Car

Posted on April 9th, 2010

Obtaining a driver’s license is a major rite of passage for America’s youth. In most states, and with consent of a parent, teens between the ages of 16 and 18 are permitted to apply for a driver’s license. States typically require the teen driver to first undergo a training period with a “learner’s permit”; however regulations vary by state and are typically tied to exact age or evidence of having completed a driver’s education course.

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DUI Fatalities Decrease by 7 Percent in US

Posted on December 8th, 2009

From 2007 to 2008, drunken-driving fatalities have decreased in several states that target drunk driving with aggressive enforcement efforts. This news came minutes after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and other officials launched a national holiday crackdown on impaired driving.

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New York Mom Kills Self and 7 Others in Wrong-Way Drunk Driving Crash

Posted on August 5th, 2009

Police painted a grizzly picture of the reckless driving of Diane Schuler that led to the July 26 crash that killed 8 people, including Schuler. The 36-year-old mother of two had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit, and had smoked marijuana 15 minutes to an hour before driving. The crash killed Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter, three of her nieces (all under age 10), and the three men in the SUV she collided with.

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