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Impaired Driving


"In Alabama, more than 200 different state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the 2009 nationwide Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. (DD.OTL.UA) crackdown, including roadblock checks, saturation and line patrols, and placing added emphasis on areas where a high number of alcohol-related and reckless driving crashes have occurred." - CAPSNHTSA offers the following advice for not allowing DUI to ruin your life or the lives of those around you:
  • Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
  • If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
  • Wearing your safety belt while in a car or using a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle is your best defense against an impaired driver;
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
For more information go to:
www.stopimpaireddriving.org
www.ghsa.org
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2017 Labor Day Weekend Drunk Driving Prevention PEAK Campaign Materials

2017 National Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over Enforcement Mobilization

Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverPlease join thousands of law enforcement officers, State and local safety advocates, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in this year's nationwide Labor Day Weekend drunk driving prevention mobilization from August 18 to September 4, 2017.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. This is why you are being given the 2017 Products for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK) so you can maximize your participation in this year's high-visibility enforcement campaign.

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Drugged Driving Surpasses Drunken Driving in Deadly Crashes
Driving while on drugs was associated with more deaths in 2015 than driving with alcohol in one's system, a new report found. Still, some safety experts caution that drunken driving remains a bigger problem and say that "drugged driving," as the report refers to it, needs more research.

Positive drug tests were more common than the presence of alcohol among the fatally injured drivers who were tested in 2015, according to the report (PDF) "Drug-impaired Driving," released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by alcohol distillers.

Of those tested, 43% of motorists who died had drugs in their system, the report said. This number surpassed the 37% of motorists who died who tested positive for alcohol in the same year.

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Drug-Impaired Driving - A Guide for States
The GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Association) has released a study on drug-impaired driving and possible ways law-enforcement and legislature can assist with reducing drug-impaired driving. 



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'Drugged Driving' Surpasses Drunken Driving among drivers Killed in Crashes, Report Finds
According to a new report, driving on drugs was related to more deaths in 2015 than driving on alcohol.  In the report 43% or motorist who died had drugs in their system, compared to the 37% of drivers who died with alcohol in their body.  This raises new concerns about new marijuana laws as the drug continues to be legalized throughout the United States.

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Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Evidence regarding the short- and long-term health effects of cannabis use remains elusive. While a myriad of studies have examined cannabis use in all its various forms, often these research conclusions are not appropriately synthesized, translated for, or communicated to policy makers, health care providers, state health officials, or other stakeholders who have been charged with influencing and enacting policies, procedures, and laws related to cannabis use. Unlike other controlled substances such as alcohol or tobacco, no accepted standards for safe use or appropriate dose are available to help guide individuals as they make choices regarding the issues of if, when, where, and how to use cannabis safely and, in regard to therapeutic uses, effectively. 

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Transportation Department Will Investigate Marijuana-Impaired Driving
The DoT has been tasked with coming up with a marijuana intoxication limit.

Last month, President Obama signed the $305 billion Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act into law, providing funding and new regulations for the country's aging highways. This law has special significance for medical and recreational pot users, as it requires the government to investigate “marijuana as a causal factor in traffic crashes” and set a legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Visit the Alcohol Awareness Web Site
From the web site: Why would you drive drunk? You have to get somewhere? Okay, call a cab. Download the Uber app. Get a hold of a friend. Take a bus. Walk. Other options exist, none of which kill 27 people a day.

Drunk Driving is the last thing you should do. Saying you’re a good drunk driver is like saying you’re good at potentially killing someone. Still feel you need some convincing? Read on and learn about the grueling statistics regarding drunk driving and about what drinking physically does to a driver of a vehicle.

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Cannabis and Road Safety: Policy Challenges
Click Here to Read More about the Traffic Injury Research Foundation's Publication on Cannabis and Road Safety: Policy Challenges

                                 

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Lives Saved in 2015 by Minimum-Drinking-Age Laws
NHTSA:An estimated 537 lives were also saved due to minimum-drinking-age laws.



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Law Enforcement launches "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign
WSFA: Law enforcement in every state and most cities are cracking down on drunk driving with the launch of The "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" campaign.

State Troopers will be out in force from now until Labor Day, September 5, and will have a zero tolerance for drunk driving. In that time period drivers can expect increased check-points and more patrol cars on the road.


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Survey of DWI Courts
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a fact sheet that details court programs that handle both driving while intoxicated (DWI) and drug offenders in order to find out information about participants, the courts’ capacity to serve offenders, and the effects of the courts’ treatment and supervision.

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Example extract: Table 1 is a national summary of participants in the two programs.

                

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2014 Data: State Alcohol-Impaired-Driving Estimates
NHTSA: Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2014, there were 9,967 people (31%) killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of .08g/dL or higher. The following States had the highest percentages: Massachusetts (41%), North Dakota (41%), Texas (41%), and Delaware (40%).

                   

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Safety Agency Works to Reduce Drunken Driving After FAST Act
NHTSA: Alcohol-impaired driving resulted in nearly 10,000 deaths in 2014 and took a $44 billion economic toll. There was also a 9.3 percent increase in highway crash fatalities during the first nine months of 2015 compared to the previous year, which stepped up pressure on lawmakers to include a number of safety provisions in the transportation bill.



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An Evaluation of Data from Drivers Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
AAA: Cannabis is in the spotlight in the United States due to increased levels of acceptance of its use for medical treatment, and for recreational use. Increasingly, states are proposing changes to their laws through legislative action or voter initiative to decriminalize and legalize its use.

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Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Marijuana
From 2013-2015, an estimated 14.0 percent of drivers drove with a BAC close to or over the legal limit in the past year, and 4.6 percent drove within an hour of using marijuana.

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Most Recent Minutes of the Alabama Impaired Driving Prevention Council
Click Here to see the Minutes from the May Meeting

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Click Here to see the Impaired Driving Strategic Plan 2014-2016

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Marijuana's Affect on Your Driving
AAA Research on Prevalence of Marijuana Involvement in Fatal Crashes in Washington from 2010 - 2014.

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A new study conducted by the University of Western Australia found that cannabis use can expose a person to serious illness that could possibly be passed on to their children. The study shows that marijuana alters a person's DNA structure and these disease-causing mutations can lead to many illnesses, including cancer.

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Now that four states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, new research suggests you’re more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident if you drive while after using any form of marijuana.


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Establishing a safe legal limit for drivers with marijuana in their system would be meaningless, according to a study released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety using statistics from Washington state.

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Stoned Drivers are Killing More and More Innocent Victims; Fatal driving accidents have risen 122% between 2010 and 2014

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Also, CNN has a similar article that can be found
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SaferRide Mobile App

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Help keep drunk drivers off our roads.

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NHTSA's SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up.

 

This free app is available for Android and iPhone devices.

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VERY IMPORTANT REPORT about Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults
Alcohol-impaired driving crashes account for approximately one third of all crash fatalities in the United States. In 2013, 10,076 persons died in crashes in which at least one driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) ≥0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL), the legal limit for adult drivers in the United States. To estimate the prevalence, number of episodes, and annual rate of alcohol-impaired driving, CDC analyzed self-reported data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. An estimated 4.2 million adults reported at least one alcohol-impaired driving episode in the preceding 30 days, resulting in an estimated 121 million episodes and a national rate of 505 episodes per 1,000 population annually. Alcohol-impaired driving rates varied by more than fourfold among states, and were highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region. Men accounted for 80% of episodes, with young men aged 21–34 years accounting for 32% of all episodes. Additionally, 85% of alcohol-impaired driving episodes were reported by persons who also reported binge drinking, and the 4% of the adult population who reported binge drinking at least four times per month accounted for 61% of all alcohol-impaired driving episodes. Effective strategies to reduce alcohol-impaired driving include publicized sobriety checkpoints, enforcement of 0.08 g/dL BAC laws, requiring alcohol ignition interlocks for everyone convicted of driving while intoxicated, and increasing alcohol taxes.

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This article is from cdc.gov
Family prays construction worker struck by SUV in alleged DUI does not lose second leg
Construction worker Bobby Joe Smith, 48, was severely injured when police say 26 year old Amanda Brown hit him in her SUV driving home from a wedding while under the influence. Smith was pinned between her SUV and a bulldozer. The crash severed one of his legs and partially severed the other. In addition to the damage to his legs, Smith also suffered internal injuries. Brown is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and first-degree assault which includes DUI. 

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The Real Consequences of Drunk Driving
Many Americans have driven drunk, made it home unscathed and free of any consequences. While in a sober state the thought of Drunk Driving is completely foolish to most. When under the influence of alcohol many will make that foolish choice to drink and then drive.

Drunk driving is in no way safe. Maybe making it home safe a few times has given you the false illusion that you are infallible, a great driver when you are drunk, but the worst is bound to happen and you will face the real consequences of drunk driving.

You Will Get Caught
Throughout the United States local law enforcement officers are on the lookout for those guilty of drunk driving. Erratic driving, maybe even a slight swerve can give an officer of the law the probable cause to pull you over. The smell of alcohol on your breath, slurred speech, and abnormal behavior increases the officer’s probable cause and you will be asked to participate in a field sobriety test and breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol level. If the officer finds that you are guilty of drunk driving you can expect to spend a night or two in jail until arraignment when you go before a judge where you are either released on bail or held in jail until you appear in court where you will be convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence).

What Comes Next...
When being convicted of a DUI you will be faced with serious legal repercussions that can result in time in jail, probation, or mandated treatment programs. You will be hit with large legal fines as well as lawyers’ fees when facing a DUI conviction. You will forever hold a DUI on your record, maybe even losing your license for a period of time or permanently.

Don’t forget insurance companies do not want to carry convicted DUI drivers so expect a huge hike in your insurance payments or even being dropped by your insurance company altogether.

You may even lose you employment or income due to time spent in jail or time spent in the courtroom. If your job depends on you having a clean license it is most likely you will be fired or demoted.

Worst Case Scenario
With hopes it does not happen but when making the foolish choice to drink and then drive can end in a fatal accident, injuring or killing yourself or others on the roadways. If you do get into an accident due to drunk driving, injuring or killing another you will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, spending years in jail, paying restitution and other court fees and most likely losing your license to drive. Not to mention you will have to spend the remainder of your life knowing that your foolish choice to drive drunk injured or took another’s life, creating a ripple effect throughout the lives of their loved ones as well as your own loved ones.

Say NO to Drunk Driving
Do not risk your life or the lives of other for the foolish choice of drunk driving. There are many different options before you to get home after a night of drinking. A simple phone call to a friend or family member, even a cab company can get you home safely. Don’t ruin your life or someone else’s, say NO to Drunk Driving.
The Facts About Impaired Driving
  • 5% of all crashes and more than 20% of all fatal crashes in the state of Alabama involve impaired driving. 
  • Drugs were reported to be involved in over 20% of all impaired driving crashes. 
  • Impaired driving crashes produce over 5 times the fatalities as non impaired driving crashes. 
  • Impaired drivers are almost 8 times more likely to not be wearing their seatbelt than non-impaired drivers. 
  • Impaired drivers are almost 5 times more likely to be ejected from or trapped in the vehicle, and impact speed is 10 times more likely to be over 100 MPH in impaired driving cases. 
  • Police arrival usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes in these cases because they usually happen at night time, and are commonly in rural areas.
You can find out more facts about impaired driving by viewing this presentation about the Characteristics of Impaired Driving Crashes. It has been separated into 3 parts which are available below:

Part One                      Part Two   Part Three
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In Case You Need Another Reason to Stop Driving Drunk
Researchers found that drinking alcohol increases the perception of halos and other disturbances at night. These halo visuals can make it difficult for a driver to identify traffic signs or a pedestrian crossing the street. This image deterioration comes from alcohol disturbing the tear-film that covers the eye surface, due to ethanol from the beverages seeping into the outermost layer of the film known as the lipid layer.

In addition to the obvious risks that include putting others in danger, arrest and a criminal record, here are five other reasons why you should never drink and drive.

  • It could hurt your chances of going back to school. Most financial aid applications ask if you’ve had any previous convictions, so this can greatly impact scholarship opportunities.
  • You could lose a commercial driver’s license. A DUI conviction disqualifies applicants from obtaining this.
  • It could hurt your chances of having a child. While a DUI obviously has no impact on conceiving a child, past convictions can be a negative factor in the lengthy application process for adoption.
  • Your car insurance can be revoked. Even if you’re able to keep it, it’s a guarantee that your rates will increase significantly after a DUI conviction.
  • It could spark mental health problems. The ramifications of a DUI incident, particularly if it causes serious injury to yourself or other people, can cause overwhelming feelings of regret and guilt that could lead to depression.

Click here to read more about Project Know and this study.