June 13, 2016

Ignition device will monitor first-time DUI offenders (PA)

Most first-time drunk drivers in Pennsylvania will spend at least a year with a state-issued monitor starting next summer.

Supporters say the small device that collects breath samples, known as ignition interlock, will make the state’s roads safer.

Read the full story here: Ignition device will monitor first-time DUI offenders

June 13, 2016

Poll finds drugged drivers now viewed as a bigger threat than drunk drivers (OH)

A startling new poll by AAA found that tri-state motorists now view people driving after using illegal drugs as a bigger threat to their personal safety than those driving after using alcohol. Nearly three-quarters of motorists surveyed said the use of illegal drugs before driving was a “very serious threat” to their safety compared to 71 percent who said the same thing about people driving after drinking alcohol.

View the full story here: Poll finds drugged drivers now viewed as a bigger threat than drunk drivers

June 10, 2016

Drugged-driving bills roll; pot dispensary bills don’t (MI)

Lansing — Michigan lawmakers have approved a one-year state police pilot program for officers to conduct roadside saliva testing on suspected drugged drivers.

Read the full story here: Drugged-driving bills roll; pot dispensary bills don’t

June 9, 2016

Building a Weed Breathalyzer (US)

In states such as Washington and Colorado, the legalization of recreational marijuana use has brought a shadow market into the open. If you’re into this sort of thing, it’s probably made you a lot less paranoid. But as more people legally smoke up, state and local law enforcement face a buzzkill: There’s no quick way to know if a driver is stoned.

View the full story here: Building a Weed Breathalyzer

June 8, 2016

Alcohol-related traffic deaths in DC region top national average (DC)

WASHINGTON — The number of drunken driving deaths in the D.C. region significantly exceeds the U.S. average, an annual report released Wednesday shows.

Read the view story here: Alcohol-related traffic deaths in DC region top national average

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