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More States Passing Ignition Interlock Laws to Prevent Drunk Driving

 While some countries are tougher on drunk-driving charges than the United States, the use and development of ignition interlock devices—those that measure a driver’s blood alcohol content through a breath test before the car is able to start—show that progress is being made toward cracking down on people who get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t. The New York Times’ Tanya Mohn...

Drunk Driving Cut in Half in Colorado Due to Crackdown

 Colorado’s "100 Days of Heat” campaign, law enforcement’s statewide crackdown on drunk driving, has contributed to a significant decrease in alcohol-related deaths this summer, according to preliminary data. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 36 people were killed in suspected alcohol-related crashes, compared with 71 during the same time period last year. None of this...

British Doctors Call for Ban on All Alcohol Ads

British doctors called for a ban on all alcohol advertisements, saying the move is necessary to curb Britain’s dangerous drinking culture. The British Medical Association said that a rapid increase in alcohol consumption among young Britons in recent years was being underpinned by "clever alcohol advertising" and that a prohibition on alcohol-related publicity was needed to help turn the situation...

Airmen in Japan Dress Up as Gorillas, Offer Rides to Help Prevent Drunk Driving

If you’re near the Misawa Air Base in Japan and see gorillas walking around in shorts, don’t be alarmed—it’s just airmen from the 35th Maintenance Squadron volunteering to help keep people from drinking and driving. T.D. Flack of Stars and Stripes reports that the airmen offered free rides to people and even provided a free daiko—the Japanese word used to describe a service in which a...

Florida Speakers Warn of the Dangers of Drunk Driving

Eight years after Jessica Leslie drove drunk and killed a man, the image of his arm wrapped around her front tire still haunts her. 20-year-old Leslie, who had been the vice-president of her school’s Students Against Drunk Driving, was driving home from an evening of partying in November 2001 when she struck 41-year-old Patrick McDonough. When she asked the responding officer if she had killed someone, he replied,...

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