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Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts Case of Drunk-Driving in Other States

The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to accept four new cases Tuesday, including a case that would determine if someone’s drunken driving offenses in another state could be used against them in Wisconsin. Katherine Kehoe of the Badger Herald writes that among the cases chosen is State v. Gerard Carter; Carter was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, according to a statement from...

Protestant Head Resigns After Drunk-Driving Charge

The head of Germany’s 25 million Protestants resigned on Wednesday after police stopped her for driving while under the influence of alcohol just four months after becoming the third woman to head a major Christian church. Reuters reports that 51-year-old Margot Kaessmann, known as the "pop bishop," is a regular on television talk shows and had been a controversial choice as head of Germany’s...

MADD President to Speak About Ignition Interlock Devices in Kentucky

Laura Dean-Mooney, the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), will speak in Kentucky Thursday, Feb. 18, in support of lifesaving legislation. A rally will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort in support of House Bill 58, which requires first-time drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device. “Convicted drunk driving offenders need to blow into an interlock device...

Study Links Alcoholic Energy Drinks to Drunk Driving

Bar patrons who consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol were three times more likely to leave drunk and four times more willing to drive drunk compared to patrons who drank alcohol alone, according to researchers who surveyed college-aged drinkers as they left bars. The University of Florida researchers surveyed more than 800 bar patrons at random between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., and also collected breath...

Repeat Drunk Driver Was Four Times Over the Legal Limit

A repeat drunk driver was picked up on his seventh drunk driving charge late Wednesday, and this time authorities say his alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit. Dennis Alich, 57, of Colerain Township, Ohio, registered .309 on a test to measure his intoxication level, a traffic ticket shows. Ohio’s legal limit for driving is .08. He also had an open container of alcohol in his 1991 Pontiac Grand...

Mass. Senator Jailed After Failing Alcohol Test

A Massachusetts senator who blamed failed alcohol tests on his toothpaste was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for violating his probation in a hit-and-run accident and faces possible expulsion from the state Senate. The Associated Press reports that Cambridge Democrat Anthony Galluccio pleaded guilty last month to leaving the scene of an accident that caused minor injuries to a father and his 13-year-old son. As...

Wisconsin’s Police Union Leader Cited for Drunk Driving

The leader of Wisconsin’s largest police union was cited for drunken driving last week after he left his apartment to help another union employee who had crashed her car into a shed, according to police reports obtained Monday. The Associated Press reports that James L. Palmer II, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, faces one count of first offense driving while under the...

Two Die in Suspected Drunk-Driving Crash in Harris County, Texas

Sheriff’s deputies believe a drunk driver is responsible for a fatal car crash Wednesday night that killed two people, including a Good Samaritan who had helped change a flat tire, in north Harris County, Texas. Investigators learned that a group of people had just finished changing a flat tire on the outside shoulder the 13700 block of the northbound Eastex Freeway, near Lee Road. Around 11:23 p.m., deputies...

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