Legislation & Public Policy

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

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...

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More States are Reconsidering the Legal Drinking Age

It’s been nearly 30 years since Americans under 21 could legally purchase alcohol in the U.S. The Uniform...

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Highway Safety Advocates Call for More Traffic Safety Laws

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates)—an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, and safety groups and insurance...

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NTSB Recommends Lower BAC, Technology to Reduce Drunk Driving Deaths

Earlier this month the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its top ten Most Wanted List of transportation...

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U.S. Supreme Court to Look at Penalties for Refusing BAC Tests During DWI Stops

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in three cases on the constitutionality of punishing suspected...