In the U.S., laws in all local and state jurisdictions set a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent as the legal threshold for intoxication. However, in May 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its intent to pursue a lower intoxication threshold BAC of 0.05 percent. In a study review published in June 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation assessed the risks of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 percent and sought to determine if the use of this BAC as the legal standard for intoxication would reduce the general public’s exposure to alcohol-related harm.
High school graduation is a time for celebration and a time of transition, a time for looking forward and looking back. Sharing precious moments and memories with classmates, friends and family brings on a complex stew of emotions: excitement and a sense of accomplishment mixed with the nostalgia and sadness that accompany the end of any journey. Much has been gained and much will be lost, which makes graduation day a turning point for every young man and woman who experiences this unforgettable event.
When fewer kids are drinking alcohol, does that mean that we’ve won the war against drinking and driving? A large student survey from Canada could prove insightful for understanding the substance use trend among adolescents and for gauging which messages are getting through and which may not be.
Recent research has shown that over one-third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal driving limit, which can be achieved after just a few drinks. There has been a significant increase in cases of “distracted walking” – this includes walking drunk and walking while using cell phones. From 2010 to 2011 there was a three percent jump in pedestrian fatalities.
There’s a new tool for law enforcement to use in the crackdown on drunk driving, and this test may keep some drivers out of jail.
For people who get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking, it’s more than injury, legal penalties and a long-term police record that will remind them of the offense. Some cities are considering using Facebook to post photos of people who have been arrested more than one time for drunk driving, letting the element of shame help encourage drivers to make a safer decision.
Preventing loss of life among college students from DUI, whether caused by using alcohol or drugs behind the wheel, continues to be a problem experts say many campuses are failing to adequately address.
With the overabundance of alcohol-impaired driving information, media attention and police patrols, it is hard to believe there are still some out there who believe they are above the law and immune to the effects of alcohol. Unfortunately, there are still plenty, creating a major public-health problem.
A group of students from Johns Hopkins University traveled to Annapolis yesterday in support of senior Natalie Draisin’s efforts to pass the “Drunk Driving Elimination Act” through the House of Representatives.
Matthew Maher, the 25-year-old former pro soccer player from New Jersey’s Cape May County who admitted to killing a man while driving drunk, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in state prison. Before sentencing, Maher took steps to educate others about the dangers of drinking and driving. He says he will spend the rest of his life trying to honor the one he recklessly took.