Impaired Driving Facts and Statistics

Impaired Driving Facts and Statistics

The Problem with Drinking and Driving According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.” In 2016 alone, nearly 10,500 people died from alcohol-impaired crashes.  Impaired driving costs billions of dollars every year and the problem only continues.  Across the nation, every state has implanted stricter drunk driving laws.  Recently, Utah lowered its legal drinking limit to 0.05 BAC (blood alcohol content) and the majority of other states have new ignition interlock device (IID) requirements.  An IID is a portable breathalyzer that measures a person’s Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) in order for them to start their car.  If the IID registers a BrAC over the legal ignition limit, then the car will not start. Drinking and driving affects every state.  One of the most devastating statistics involves the number of children...

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California Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Requirements

California Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Requirements

California, along with nearly every other state in the nation, has had to combat drunk driving.  Drunk driving fatalities are a reality in every corner of the country.  One effort to reduce drunk driving recidivism has been the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID) after a conviction for driving under the influence.  There are three circumstances where you may install an IID in California: Required by court order Required by California DMV order Optional installation A California judge can order the installation of an IID as a term of your probation.  This means that failure to install a court-ordered IID could not only result in the suspension of your license but also in a violation of the terms of your probation.  The California DMV will order installation of an IID if you are convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license when the reason for the suspension...

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Summer Drinking Statistics

Summer Drinking Statistics

The Deadly Facts Behind Alcohol and Summer Fun Summer is in full swing.  With July 4 festivities behind us, we now look forward to the remaining weeks until Fall cool down.  The last weeks of summer are usually some of the hottest of the year meaning more festivities centered around swimming pools, lakes and beautiful beaches.  Unfortunately, too many people mix drinking with these events and end up in dangerous situations.  According to a recent publication by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “up to 70% of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve the use of alcohol.”  Alcohol can impair a person’s judgment.  When near water or operating a boat, impaired judgment can lead to a deadly accident.  Because summer activities usually begin in the heat of the day and last into the evenings, you may be unaware of the potential for dehydration or even of...

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Alcohol and Anxiety

Alcohol and Anxiety

A Look at Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder Alcohol addiction and dependence is not always a singular issue for a person.  There may be underlying mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, heavy alcohol consumption or drug use can also trigger substance-induced disorders.  According to Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders there are nine (9) substance-induced disorders, which include: Substance-induced delirium Substance-induced persisting dementia Substance-induced psychotic disorder Substance-induced mood disorder Substance-induced anxiety disorder Hallucinogen persisting perceptual disorder Substance-induced sexual dysfunction Substance-induced sleep disorder Many people believe that alcohol can relieve stress and in some ways it does give a mild sense of euphoria, however excessive alcohol use can have the opposite effect.  During withdrawal from alcohol, anxiety can worsen significantly.  Anxiety disorders can be serious, affecting every aspect of your life.  The connection between alcohol and anxiety is astounding.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America...

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Alcohol Monitoring Options

Alcohol Monitoring Options

Alcohol Testing Technologies for Monitoring and Maintaining Sobriety Committing to sobriety can be difficult.  It usually involves a complete change of lifestyle.  For some people, it takes being held accountable to their sobriety in order to make the life change.  There are options available for anyone who wishes to get help with alcohol addiction or dependence.  There are a number of different types of alcohol monitors, from breathalyzers to ankle bracelets.  No matter what, if you believe that you or someone you love is suffering from alcohol use disorder you need to get help. Breathalyzers One of the most common kinds of alcohol monitors is a breathalyzer.  Today, breathalyzers are usually handheld devices that are blown into and register a person’s breath alcohol concentration.  The technology is so advanced that a portable breath testing machine may now be equipped with facial recognition.  Ankle Bracelets Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM...

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