It was a man named George Smith who plowed his car into the side of a London building that made history on Sept. 10, 1897 as the first person to ever catch a DWI. Since the boozy collar, drunk driving arrests involve sophisticated blood tests and Breathalyzers — which clearly didn’t exist in the late Victorian era. Link
New research suggests that a distracted driver may be more dangerous than an intoxicated one. Researchers from the University of Kentucky found that distractions make driving under the influence of alcohol less safe — even when under the legal alcohol limit. Their study examines the degree to which distractions influence the ability of intoxicated drivers to safely control their vehicles. Link
The new law that went into effect will require first time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock system in their car that they’ll have to blow into, before their keys ever start up their vehicle.
The offender will cover the cost of the interlock system. Link
Highways all over America will be packed with drivers for Labor Day weekend. Thirty five million drivers to be exact, according to AAA. Of those drivers, how many will be impaired? The number of arrests are up so much that regular citizens are now pulling over people. Whether that’s the right thing to do is debatable, but what isn’t is drugged driving. Link
Law enforcement says drugged driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
In fact, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports 116 people were killed by drugged drivers last year alone. But trying to define how high is too high to drive, is also a bit hazy. Link