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Iowa increases patrols during Thanksgiving weekend

Drivers in Iowa understand that they could encounter various dangers on the roadway. During the winter months this does not only mean a chance for winter storms but it is also a time where various holidays fall. This means parties and family gatherings where alcohol might be consumed. Although it is a joyous time of year, it is also a time of year where drivers need to be careful. In addition to snow-covered roads, driver could be intoxicated and could cause a drunk driving accident.

Can an individual be too drunk to be held responsible?

When individuals become significantly intoxicated or high, their ordinary brain functions become impaired. This is primarily why individuals are not legally allowed to drive while impaired and why many drugs have been outlawed. Impaired judgment and compromised brain functions can lead to harmful decision-making that would never ordinarily be embraced by the individual.

Drunk driver who confessed on YouTube receives sentence

In early September, a young man uploaded a video to YouTube in which he confessed to killing an individual in a drunk driving accident. The video did not contain an accidental confession. In fact, the young man states that the "video will act as my confession" during the tape. He identifies both himself and his victim by name.

Three killed in suspected drunk driving accident in Iowa

Accidents on the roadway occur for various reasons. Furthermore, the aftermath of an accident could be as simple as a fender bender. By contrast, a negligent driver could cause a severe accident that results in damages, serious injuries and even fatalities. A drunk driving accident could result in serious consequences in addition to injuries and damages.

Will reducing the legal limit reduce drunk driving fatalities?

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents caused by drivers who are not legally over the driving limit, but who still have a good deal of alcohol in their systems. Due to the fact that 10,000 people are still dying every year in drunk driving accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board recently made the recommendation for the blood-alcohol concentration level to be reduced.

Study: Some teens think drinking makes them better drivers

While schools in Iowa have taken an active role in discouraging teens from drinking and driving, many teenage drivers still believe they are invincible and decide to get behind the wheel after drinking or using marijuana. Some of these teens even believe they are better drivers while under the influence. Of course, these type of behaviors and attitudes can greatly increase the chances of getting into a drunk driving accident.

Driver pleads guilty to crash that killed Iowa State student

A 62-year-old recently pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation and one count of criminal vehicular homicide in relation to a December 2011 accident that claimed the life of an Iowa State student. The 62-year-old was reportedly under the influence at the time of the crash and did not even initially realize he had struck three people.

Iowa's Graduated Drivers License (GDL) Law

As a way to reduce teen auto accidents and fatalities, states all across the nation began implementing what's known as graduated driver licensing systems (GDLS) in the 1990s. GDLS are programs that gradually allow drivers- who are obtaining their driver's license for the first time-to acquire driving privileges at separate stages rather than all at once.

Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety to Combat Drunk Driving

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), the latest technology in the fight against drunk driving, was demonstrated for Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator earlier this year. DADSS technology is a result of a "cooperative initiative" involving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS).

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