Legislation & Public Policy

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

DUI Checkpoint Sign
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DUI Checkpoints: Advertise or Surprise?

The goal of DUI checkpoints is primarily deterrence: to raise the perceived risk of arrest, and secondarily to...

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Utah First State to Lower Legal BAC Limit

Utah will soon be the strictest state in the nation when it comes to DUI law. On December...

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“No Refusal” DUI Policies: Time Is A Factor

During a drunk-driving traffic stop or following a crash, time is a critical factor when it comes to...

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Tennessee Proposes Banning DUI Offenders From Purchasing Alcohol

Tennessee lawmakers are looking to significantly limit the access to alcohol for anyone convicted of a DUI. Sponsored...

Sobriety Checkpoint Sign
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Tennessee Court Says DUI Testing Fees Unconstitutional

For eight years, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has collected a $250 DUI testing fee for blood...

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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...