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New Study Published: 20% of Deaths of Young U.S. Adults Caused by Excessive Alcohol Consumption

On November 1, 2022, the JAMA Network Journals of the American Medical Association published an article suggesting that an estimated 20.3% of deaths among adults aged 20 to 49 years were attributable to excessive alcohol use and that greater implementation of evidence-based alcohol policies could reduce this proportion.  During the 2015-2019 study period, the average deaths of adults aged 20 to 64 years was lower–only 12.9%, but still a number that is far too high if the study’s conclusions are ... Read More »

Wrong-way driver arrested near Mesa facing aggravated DUI charges; drove 11 miles, DPS says

Source: 3TV/CBS 5 A wrong-way driver is now in custody after being accused of driving under the influence near Mesa late Sunday night. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, multiple 911 calls were received of a driver going eastbound in the westbound lanes of SR-202 near Alma School just before midnight. With the assistance of the police helicopters and troopers in the area, they were able to locate the driver still heading the wrong way near Recker Road. ... Read More »

Hillsborough sheriff’s office employee arrested for DUI, wrong-way driving, officials say

Source: TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) A civilian employee with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has been suspended without pay after being arrested on a DUI charge, according to officials. An arrest report filed by the Treasure Island Police Department said Mona Rodriguez, 48, of Gibsonton was seen driving in the wrong direction on a one-way road Saturday evening. Treasure Island police said the woman had bloodshot eyes and had unsteady balance once she was pulled over. Read More »

Deputies arrest man for DUI following fiery crash in Fort Lauderdale

Photo from WPLG 10 and Broward County Sheriff’s Office Authorities in Broward County have made an arrest following a fiery traffic crash that happened Saturday morning. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a call came in at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday regarding a crash near the 1100 block of South State Road 7 in North Lauderdale. North Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers and BSO deputies responded and found two vehicles that had crashed and subsequently caught fire. Fire crews quickly extinguished ... Read More »

Technology To Prevent DUIs Moving Faster Than Preventing Speed-Related Crashes

In a story published by CNN, and as previously noted on this website, the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendation of alcohol impairment detection systems is moving forward.  See “Will The 2021 Infrastructure Legislation Make Drunk Driving A Thing of the Past?” and “Apple Developing iPhone Feature to Prevent Drunk Driving.” The NTSB 2017 Safety Study, “Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles,” however, is not moving as quickly.  As reported by CNN, “the NTSB also suggested the National Highway Traffic ... Read More »

Off-duty Wichita Police Detective Arrested for DUI

Source: KWCH WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A Wichita Police Detective is facing charges of a DUI charge after a car crash involving a city bus. Wichita Police said in a release Saturday that officers were called to an accident at Douglas and Waco around 11:50 p.m. September 23. A car and a Wichita Q Line bus crashed, but no injuries were reported. When officers talked with the driver of the car, off-duty WPD Detective MaryAnna Hoyt, police said they saw ... Read More »

(Suspected) Drunk driver runs red light, slams into Hillsborough deputy

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured after being hit by a drunk driver in Tampa on Sunday. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the crash happened just after 6 a.m. at North Dale Mabry Highway and Ehrlich Road. The deputy was on his way to his patrol location and stopped at the intersection. The deputy was taken to the hospital with an upper-body injury, according to the sheriff’s office. The occupants of ... Read More »

Bail Conditions Changed for DUI Defendants in Tennessee

As of July 1, 2022, when a judge determines the amount and conditions of bail to be imposed upon a defendant who has been charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI), or a related offense, the court shall require the defendant to operate only a motor vehicle equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device if: (i) The offense resulted in a collision involving property damage; (ii) A minor was present in the vehicle at the time of ... Read More »

Toughest Vehicular Homicide Penalties Are Now In Tennessee

DUI penalties in Tennessee just got much worse if someone is killed as a result of intoxication.  As of July 1, 2022 the State of Tennessee will carry the toughest penalties in the United States due to its new “Truth in Sentencing” law, amending T.C.A. §40-35-501. Those committing the crimes of Vehicular Homicide Resulting From Intoxication and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (together with other specified violent crimes) will require the defendant to serve a mandatory 100% sentence. Those convicted of certain ... Read More »

Pro Wrestler Jeff Hardy Facing Felony DUI

Volusia County Division Of Corrections booking photo shows Jeff Hardy. Pro wrestler Jeff Hardy was arrested for driving under the influence and other charges in Volusia County, Florida earlier this month. Court records reflect that Hardy is charged with a felony DUI (3rd within 10 years) as well as driving with a suspended license. Hardy, 44, was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper after receiving calls about an impaired driver on I-95 near Daytona Beach. Hardy wrestled in the ... Read More »