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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‘No Cash Bail’ Law Becomes First of its Kind in Illinois

In February of 2021, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law making Illinois the first U.S....

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States with Ignition Interlock Compliance Laws Note Lower Rates of Repeat DUI Offenses

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 31 percent of all fatal crashes in 2021 were caused...

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New Texas Law Makes Cutting off Ankle Monitors a Crime

Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas Senate Bill (SB) 1004 into law, making cutting off ankle monitors a crime...

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New Colorado SB22-055 Requires Continuous Alcohol Monitoring for Repeat DUI Offenders

Beginning in January 2023, Colorado SB22-055 will require at least 90 days of continuous alcohol monitoring for those...

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California Repeals Use of Numerous Offender-Pay Fees with AB1869

The State of California has taken a significant step related to the issue of the fees an individual...

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Facial Verification Versus Facial Recognition

Distinguish between facial verification and facial recognition—technology embedded with facial recognition that verifies and authenticates a person’s image...

Deana Eckman's Family
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Proposed Pennsylvania DUI Legislation ‘Deana’s Law’ Impacted by COVID-19

Deana’s Law was set for final passage in November 2020, when the House of Representatives was informed of...

Salt Lake City Skyline
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After One Year With Stricter DUI Laws, Utah Arrest Data Appears Mixed

On Dec. 30, 2019, the state of Utah marked one year under revised DUI laws that reduced the...

Blurry Highway Drunk Driving at Night
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GHSA Releases Report on Combating Threat of High-Risk Impaired Drivers

This week, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) in partnership with Responsibility.org released a report, High-Risk Impaired Drivers:...

Highway Traffic
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Survey Shows Americans Favor Alternative Ways to Combat Drunk Driving

While there is no silver bullet to address drunk driving, critics suggest more could be done to make...