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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...

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...

Laws Toward Ignition Interlocking Devices Vary by State

Urging a person who abuses alcohol to avoid driving, or taking their keys – as previous national anti-drunk driving campaigns would suggest – may pale in effectiveness compared to technological advancements that are keeping drivers who drink off the road. Ignition interlocking devices are shown in research studies to reduce drunk driving, and are now required in some states for anyone with a DUI offense,...

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