Legislation & Public Policy

Blog articles on Sobering Up about drunk driving laws, penalties, legislation and public policy across the United States.

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Report Calls for Higher Taxes, Lower BAC to Reduce DWI Deaths

In January the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released “Getting to zero alcohol-impaired driving fatalities: A...

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Will An Alcohol Tax Break Hurt Drunk Driving Efforts?

As Congress works to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the proposed tax changes, policy analysts predict...

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Drinking legally at 19? Wisconsin is considering it

Could lowering the legal drinking age reduce binge drinking among younger drinkers, particularly those in college? Three Wisconsin...

Responsible Beverage Service Reduces DUIs
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Responsible Beverage Service and Enforcement: Does it Reduce DUIs?

Can a simple education program for bartenders and alcohol servers reduce drunk driving? The results of a study...

Missouri cuts funds for DWI enforcement
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Missouri lawmakers eliminate funding for DWI checkpoints

Last week Missouri’s legislature sent a bill to the governor’s desk that could make sobriety checkpoints in Missouri...

Drunk driver being arrested
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WI Supreme Court Rules Against Drunk Drivers in Two Cases

Wisconsin has a reputation for leniency when it comes to drunk driving, but two recent decisions by the...

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Three States May Reduce BAC Limit for Drunk Driving

The current BAC limit for drivers in all 50 states is 0.08, but if some lawmakers get their...

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Surgeon General: Addiction is a Public Health Crisis

Today the U.S. Surgeon General released a first-of-its-kind report about addiction that shows how widely and deeply drug...

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Calif. Ignition Interlock Study Shows Mixed Results

Last week the California Department of Motor Vehicles released study results evaluating the specific deterrent effects of California Assembly...

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SCOTUS Upholds Penalties for Warrantless Breath Tests, but Not Blood Tests, in DUI Arrests

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued the long-awaited ruling in a case that brings into question penalties for refusal to...