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Cops Say DUI Teen Killed 2. Initial Punishment? An Essay

Outrage in India eventually led to 17-year-old's bail being revoked; he may now be charged as adult

(Newser) - There's outrage in India over a teen who cops say killed two people after driving while drunk. The Independent reports that the unnamed 17-year-old from Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, was driving a Porsche before dawn on Sunday when he slammed into a motorbike carrying two 20-something software...

Home Improvement Star Busted for Alleged DUI

Zachery Ty Bryan was arrested, briefly jailed in California

(Newser) - One of the former child stars of 1990s sitcom Home Improvement was arrested Saturday for alleged drunk driving. Zachery Ty Bryan, 42, who played the eldest of Tim Allen's three sons on the show, was arrested in La Quinta, California, after deputies carried out a traffic stop on a...

State Bill Would Have You Buy Your Beer Warm

Tennessee measure would ban sales of cold beer to cut down on drinking and driving

(Newser) - Grabbing a cold one from the local gas station or convenience store on the way home from work may soon be a thing of the past for the quaffers of Tennessee. New legislation has been introduced in the Volunteer State that would prohibit the sale of chilled beer, in an...

Drunk Driver Reports Himself to Police

'It's not every day that this happens'

(Newser) - Police in England say a drunken driver did the right thing after doing the wrong thing. An emergency dispatcher received an unusual call just before noon Monday when a motorist reported he was driving drunk and said he "doesn't know what he is doing," North Yorkshire police...

Car Plows Into SUV in Biden Motorcade
Driver Who Ran Into
Biden's Motorcade Is Charged

Driver Who Ran Into Biden's Motorcade Is Charged

President, first lady unharmed in incident Secret Service says was unintentional

(Newser) - A Delaware driver who crashed into a Secret Service vehicle that was part of President Biden's motorcade has been charged with DUI, reports the New York Times . A rep for the Wilmington Police Department says James Cooper's sedan struck the SUV as Biden was speaking to reporters after...

NHTSA Takes Step Toward Mandatory Anti-DUI Tech

Law requires 'reasonable, practical' technology in new cars

(Newser) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving toward getting drunk drivers off the road for good. The federal regulator said Tuesday that it is working on implementing a rule requiring new cars to have technology that prevents drunk or impaired driving, NPR reports. The NHTSA said it has issued...

Woman Guilty of Murder in Deaths of Troopers, Pedestrian

Jayana Webb sentenced to up to 60 years in prison

(Newser) - A woman has been sentenced to decades in prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and then striking and killing two state troopers and a pedestrian on an interstate in Philadelphia last year. Jayana Webb, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts each of third-degree murder and homicide...

AI Can Predict How Drunk You Are
AI Can Predict How
Drunk You Are

AI Can Predict How Drunk You Are

Researchers trained AI to measure intoxication based on people reciting tongue twisters

(Newser) - Start practicing your tongue twisters, because artificial intelligence might be judging your sobriety on how well you recite them soon. At least that's what some researchers suggest after conducting a study analyzing intoxication levels based on speech that had remarkable accuracy. The Guardian walks through the findings in their...

Ex-Raider Ruggs Pleads Guilty to Felony DUI Causing Death
Ex-Raider Ruggs Sentenced
for Deadly DUI Crash

Ex-Raider Ruggs Sentenced for Deadly DUI Crash

'I have no excuses,' he says

(Newser) - Former Las Vegas Raiders player Henry Ruggs was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in a Nevada prison for killing a woman in a fiery crash while driving his sports car drunk at speeds up to 156mph. He pleaded guilty in May to felony DUI causing death and misdemeanor...

No Bail for Woman Accused of Killing Bride in DUI Crash

Judge says Jamie Komoroski must remain in custody until March 2024 trial

(Newser) - The woman accused of slamming into a newlywed couple's golf cart while driving drunk, killing the bride and seriously injuring the groom, has been in jail for three months—and she won't be getting out any time soon. At a hearing Tuesday, a South Carolina judge rejected 25-year-old...

Company Must Reinstate Driver Who Drank 9 Beers, Crashed

Canadian woman's alcoholism is a disability, labor arbitrator says

(Newser) - A Canadian truck driver who admitted drinking at least nine beers before she crashed on a Pennsylvania highway was, unsurprisingly, fired by her employer. But in an unusual twist, a labor arbitrator has ordered trucking company Groupe Robert to reinstate her, saying that her alcoholism is a disability and the...

United Airlines Pilot Arrived at Work 'Staggering, Eyes Glassy'

He was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness, sentenced by French court

(Newser) - A 63-year-old American pilot arrived at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he was scheduled Sunday to fly a United Airlines plane to Washington, DC. Problem being that he was obviously drunk, police say. "He was staggering slightly, his eyes were glassy, and his mouth pasty" when he showed...

She Refused Ride From Drunk Coworker, Still Ended Up Dead

Cops: Madison Faltisco fatally struck by Joshua Schiano as she walked home in Clay, NY

(Newser) - After a night out, an upstate New York woman refused to get into a vehicle with her intoxicated coworker, saying she would rather walk home, a journey of between 3 and 4 miles. "She didn't get very far," USA Today reports. After walking less than a quarter...

Cops: Driver Makes Bold Move in Bid to Avoid DUI

Officer says Colorado driver put his dog in the driver's seat

(Newser) - An alleged drunk driver in Colorado tried to avoid arrest by putting his dog in the driver's seat, according to police, who were not fooled. Indeed, the police officer who caught the unidentified male driving 52mph in a 30-mph zone shortly before midnight Saturday "watched the entire process"...

There's a Silver Lining to This Nation's Drunk-Driving Problem

Latvia is sending confiscated vehicles to Ukraine to help it in its fight against Russia

(Newser) - There's apparently a lot of drunk driving going on in Latvia, which claims some of the highest rates in Europe, and a good number of cars have ended up confiscated and languishing at state impound sites. That's thanks to a recently instituted law that allows for the government...

Driving on Frozen Canal Ends Badly for Indianapolis Motorist

Driver said her GPS made her do it

(Newser) - Jacob Aldrich and three relatives were out enjoying a favorite activity on Christmas night—skating on Indianapolis' frozen Downtown Canal—when the sight of a car on the ice gave them pause. Per USA Today , nobody knew what to think at first. "My immediate assumption [was] that it was...

Car Crash Study Finds Drugs Are Prevalent

Over half of car crash victims had drugs in system

(Newser) - A large study by US highway safety regulators found that more than half the people injured or killed in traffic crashes had one or more drugs, or alcohol, in their bloodstreams. Also, just over 54% of injured drivers had drugs or alcohol in their systems, with THC, the active ingredient...

Fiery Crash Kills Owner of Celebrity Hangout, Son

Kevin Gonzales, facing double murder charges, seen undergoing sobriety test

(Newser) - The owner of a celebrity hangout and his young son have died in a horrific, fiery crash in California that is being blamed on a suspected drunk driver. Kevin Gonzales, 21, is facing charges of double murder after police say he slammed his vehicle into a classic Ford Mustang carrying...

School Superintendent Crowd-Surfed, Then Got a DWI

James Thomson was spotted flying high at NY high school football game before his arrest

(Newser) - When you're the superintendent of a school district, it's perfectly fine to attend school events and show enthusiasm—but maybe not that much enthusiasm. Jason D. Thomson may be reflecting upon that after a weekend that kicked off with his attendance at Baker High School's football game...

NTSB: Put a Booze Detector in Every New Car

Congress has already required NHTSA to make automakers install systems within 3 years

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new vehicles in the US be equipped with blood alcohol monitoring systems that can stop an intoxicated person from driving. The recommendation, if enacted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, could reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, one of the...

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