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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Powdered Alcohol Raising Concerns About Underage Drinking and Drunk Driving

Powdered alcohol may be widely available for sale soon, and that is raising concerns about what this new form...

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Raising Taxes on Alcohol May Reduce Binge Drinking

A study recently published in Addiction indicates that raising taxes on beer, wine, and liquor may decrease rates...

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One City Wants to Serve More Alcohol on St. Patty’s Day Weekend

As the saying goes, on St. Patrick’s Day we are all a little Irish. From Tokyo to Chicago...

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Poll: Should Minnesota Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

In 1984 President Reagan signed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, requiring all states to raise the legal drinking...

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Revisit Warrantless Blood Draws for DUIs

The Supreme Court has turned down a request from prosecutors in Colorado to reconsider the use of warrantless...

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Proposed Laws Would Bar Drunk Drivers From Buying Alcohol

Special Licenses Would Prohibit Liquor Purchases For the second time in two years, New Mexico State Representative Brian...

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Will Colorado’s Felony DUI Bill Reduce Drunk Driving?

In January, Colorado lawmakers will consider a new DUI bill (HB 1036) making repeat DUI offenses a felony....

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Dr. Mark Rosekind Confirmed as Head of NHTSA

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Dr. Mark Rosekind to head the National...

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British Prime Minister Promises More Sobriety Bracelets

In a speech at last weekend’s G20 summit in Australia, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that if...

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Government Accountability Office Reviews Ignition Interlock Installation Rates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a review of ignition interlocks: Alcohol Ignition Interlocks Are Effective...