September 27, 2015

Biosensor tech detects drunk drivers via hands, steering wheels (US)

Drunk drivers kill approximately 11,000 people every year in the United States, a level of carnage that remains stubbornly high despite enormous resources expended by law enforcement officers and safety advocates intent on stopping them. One possible solution now lies in the palms of their hands. Link

September 16, 2015

What Maine can learn from Colorado’s legalization of marijuana (ME)

A newly released report in Colorado doesn’t give marijuana legalization many positive marks. In fact, it points to a troubling 32-percent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in just one year from 2013, with a 92 percent increase from 2010 to 2014. Link

September 16, 2015

Kentucky considering roadside driver drug tests (KY)

State officials are evaluating a roadside drug test that could help police counter the growing number of drivers who are high behind the wheel, a problem that kills more than 200 people each year in Kentucky. Link

September 11, 2015

New ignition interlock law gives DWI drivers a choice (TX)

A law signed earlier in the year by Gov. Greg Abbot took effect on Sept. 1 and is a breakthrough for Texas in management of drivers who have been convicted of driving drunk. Link

September 10, 2015

Percentage of THC impaired drivers jumped after marijuana legalization (WA)

New data shows the number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana and were involved in deadly crashes in Washington increased nearly 50 percent from 2013 to 2014. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says marijuana involvement in fatal crashed remained steady over the years, and then spiked in 2014, when Washington also legalized marijuana. The WTSC says it is getting closer to answering questions about the impact of legalized marijuana on driving. Link

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