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Car Salesman Kills Customer during DUI Test Drive

A car salesman from Pennsylvania is facing charges in relation to a fatal car accident that killed one customer and injured the other. On December 30, 2010, Jon Christian Jensen, age forty-eight, and his twenty-year-old son Tyler went to a car dealership in Lancaster County to test-drive a Mitsubishi Lancer. Michael Hershey, also forty-eight, was the salesman on duty that day and took the men out for a test...

Drunk Drivers in the ER May Be Evading Conviction

A large percentage of drunk drivers who land themselves in the emergency department are evading a drunk-driving conviction, according to a new report.  Doctors from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine assessed the prevalence of drunk driver admissions to their emergency department based on their 2007 hospital registry. During that year, 241 drivers admitted to the emergency department had a...

Survey Helps Reinforce MADD Efforts to Save Lives

A 2010 survey published by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration may validate the role of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) mission to help curb intoxicated driving and to prevent more young people from drinking. While deaths from drinking and driving have been reduced more than 40 percent since MADD began in 1980, most people who participated in the survey still believe drunk drivers are...

Fewer Deaths from Drunk Driving Attributed to Clear Message, Tough Laws

Drunk driving deaths are beginning to decline in most states, a fact some experts connect with stricter penalties and new technology like ignition-interlocking devices. According to study results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released in 2008, fatalities associated with drunk driving fell by nearly 7 percent from 2007 to 2008. The declining death rate was noted in all but 18 states, with...

Societal Effects of Drunk Driving

By any estimates, drunk driving wreaks a staggering toll on society. First, there’s the incalculable loss of human life. Who can put a dollar estimate on that? Besides an actuary, no one would dare say how much a human life is worth – certainly not in terms of what that individual’s loss of life means to surviving family members and loved ones. Still, there are some statistics that we can...

Beijing Students Invent New Alcohol Detection Device for Vehicles

In Beijing, students from Nanjing University of Finance & Economics have created a device that can be installed in a car to prevent the driver from operating the vehicle while intoxicated, the China News Service reported. The device, called "Stop Prompted by Drunk," resembles a round box the same size as the steering wheel spindle. When correctly installed inside the steering wheel spindle, its...

Man Charged with Driving Drunk in Toy Car

A British man was banned from driving for three years after getting behind the wheel of a pink toy Barbie car when drunk, The Sun reports. Paul Hutton, 40, leaped into the seat of the tiny electric car, which has a top speed of just 4mph, when he was over the U.K. legal limit. But a police patrol car spotted Hutton crammed behind the steering wheel crawling along the road near his home in Essex, southeastern...

Trinity Broadcasting Company Pastor Sentenced for DUI Crash

On April 26, 2009, Stephen Eugene Galiher crashed into a car on a freeway in Costa Mesa, California, while driving over 85 miles per hour and three times over the legal drinking limit on his way to the headquarters of Trinity Broadcasting Company (TBN). Galiher is the head pastor at Trinity Music City Church, the main place of worship at TBN’s Christian music theme park in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and was in...

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