March 7, 2012 |
Drunk drivers receiving their first conviction were less likely to be repeat offenders if they were forced to have alcohol interlock devices on their vehicles, according to a new study. Looking at alcohol-impaired driving convictions in Washington, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the rate of repeat offenders has fallen 12% since the state expanded its interlock requirement eight years ago to include everyone convicted of driving under the influence. Previously, Washington required the device, which a driver must blow into before starting the vehicle, for repeat offenders, drivers caught with high blood-alcohol levels and those who refused an alcohol test.
March 1, 2012 |
Maybe he was lost? An alleged drunk driver steered his Jeep onto the runways of Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning, startling onlookers and forcing the airport to close for about 30 minutes. Although he didn't make it onto any runways that were in use, Kenneth Mazik caused several flights to be diverted while police worked to intercept his black Jeep Grand Cherokee, Philadelphia police said. Mazik, 24, allegedly drove through a runway gate fence shortly after 11 a.m. and led police officers and a fleet of emergency workers on a brief chase.
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December 14, 2011 |
The number of alcohol-related fatalities on California highways dropped to a record low last year, with the biggest single-year drop in DUI deaths in 14 years, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The drop was largely attributable to federally funded anti-drunk driving campaigns, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Alcohol contributed to 791 deaths in the state in 2010, a nearly 17% decline from the 950 deaths in 2009. "Education is the key thing we use to inform the public about the reality and dangers of drunk driving," said Officer Mike Harris, a public information officer for the California Highway Patrol.
December 6, 2011 |
Traffic deaths in 2010 fell to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, according to new data from the Department of Transportation. Safety technology in vehicles has made huge leaps in recent years and has lowered death and injury rates in collisions, analysts say. Even the base models of 2012 vehicles are now required to have anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire pressure sensor monitors and multiple air bags. More expensive vehicles have extra features such as backup cameras and blind-spot warning lights and alerts.
September 16, 2011 |
Torii Hunter will spend part of Saturday at an inner-city Baltimore high school, representing the Angels at the dedication of a batting cage paid for by the Nick Adenhart Memorial Fund. Adenhart, an Angels pitcher who grew up in western Maryland, was killed along with two friends when the car they were riding in was struck by a drunk driver in Fullerton in April 2009 . A memorial fund established in his name provides financial support to youth baseball organizations. "What he really wanted [was]
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June 20, 2011 |
Bicycling activists have responded forcefully in support of cyclists involved in a collision last week with a drunk-driving suspect accused of plowing into them near a hilltop park in Culver City, sending 11 to hospitals. Cycling advocates at Bikeside LA have posted a video reconstructing the early-morning incident from their perspective and organized fundraisers and legal representation for the victims. And they have complained to police and media outlets about suggestions that cyclists bear some responsibility in the collision, which is under investigation.
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June 7, 2011 |
This was not to be a somber affair, said Elizabeth Sweet, moments before the memorial. It was to be a celebration of life, of the upbeat spirit that for so long had typified her daughter, Ashton Sweet, a 14-year-old cheerleader from Irvine who died in a violent Memorial Day weekend car wreck allegedly caused by a drunk driver. On Monday evening, about 300 of Ashton's friends and family members jammed into the brightly lighted Chinese Baptist Church of Central Orange County, to say a final goodbye.
April 29, 2011
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has adopted a common-sense approach to dealing with unlicensed drivers and the cars they drive. Under Beck's new rule, when officers at sobriety checkpoints stop unlicensed drivers, they can issue them tickets or, if they have no identification, arrest them. But police are no longer allowed to impound a car if a licensed driver or the registered and licensed owner is on hand or can pick up the car in a reasonable amount of time. This helps officers do their jobs while complying with a federal court ruling that set limits on when cars can be seized.
February 22, 2011 |
It's not easy getting drunk drivers off the road. But gadgets known as ignition interlocks, which sample a driver's breath before the vehicle can start, might help. A new study suggests that such devices reduce re-arrest rates for people previously convicted of drinking and driving. Reseachers reviewed 15 reports published through 2007 about the use of ignition interlocks and re-arrest rates. "The installation of ignition interlocks was associated consistently with large reductions in re-arrest rates for alcohol-impaired driving within both the earlier and later bodies of evidence," the study says.