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Would a car-based breathalyzer reduce drunk driving?

Last year, lawmakers introduced the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone (RIDE) Act, which would require automakers to make standard new technology that would gauge every driver's blood alcohol concentration before it would allow them to drive. It would be like having a permanent breathalyzer in your car.

Experts: COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities falls short

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, residents and staff of long-term care facilities account for almost 45% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Yet testing for the virus has not reached levels that experts say are necessary to stem the spread of the virus.

Penalties when an impaired minor drives in Tennessee

For most people, getting your driver's license is an exciting part of being a teenager. Yet teenagers routinely engage in behavior meant to challenge authority, and that can mean experimenting with alcohol or drugs. What happens when that experimentation occurs in combination with driving?

Nonprofits urge US recall of J&J Baby Powder, end to global sales

Thousands of people in the U.S. have sued Johnson & Johnson, claiming that its talc-based products such as Baby Powder are contaminated by asbestos and caused cancer after routine use. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and is mined in the same soil types as talc, but J&J denies that its talc-based products ever contain asbestos.

Drugged driving is on the rise

A lot of people use drugs, and it is not always obvious what is safe to use while driving. For example, many people don't realize that driving under the influence of marijuana can impair your reaction times, slow your coordination and affect your judgment. On the other end of the spectrum, driving while on stimulants like cocaine or methamphetamine could make you drive more aggressively, even recklessly.

Have you been struck by a super-speeder during the lockdown?

There is growing evidence that some drivers have taken the lockdown as permission to drive however they want. As traffic and road congestion plummeted, streets and highways apparently shone like beacons for certain people. It created an "apparent open season on reckless driving," according to the National Safety Council.

State court finds Fourth Amendment protects unconscious drivers

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, when a drunk driving suspect becomes unconscious, it creates "exigent circumstances" that make it unnecessary for the police to obtain a warrant for a blood test. This was after having found in a previous case that the police generally do need a warrant to obtain a blood test.

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