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Thai police have erected fake crash sites, like the one above, as a drunk driving deterrent. They're intended to frighten locals out of drinking and driving. Hmm, works for us.
Wrecked cars are a common site at high schools across the country, set up by local police to remind kids about the risks of chugging a few brewskis then hopping behind the wheel of their Jeep Wranglers, but Thai police are really taking it to the next level. Not only are the bloody motorcyclist and dismembered driver frightening, but morbidly comical too.
We asked our resident at-risk-youth, Andrew Didorosi, if such a deterrent would influence him. His response was, "If anything, id be staring at that and probably crash."Thai police have erected fake crash sites, like the one above, as a drunk driving... more
A YOUNG scientist from Co Kerry believes she has discovered a flaw in drink-driving breathalyser results.
Her research suggests that both diabetics and those on very low-calorie diets are more likely to show false positive results because of chemical changes in their blood.
Ciara Stein (13), who is a student at Presentation Secondary School in Tralee, explained how these devices could misread results and indicate a person was drink-driving.
“Diabetics and people on very, very low calorie diets can trigger false positives on breathalyser tests,” she said yesterday.
Ciara’s study is one of 500 currently on display at the RDS in the 2009 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The overall young scientist of the year will be announced later this evening.
“This project has lots of importance to lawyers,” Ciara suggested.
The chemical changes in the blood are caused when levels of sugar drop too low, she explained.
“If you are diabetic or you are on a very low calorie diet, you can become hypoglycaemic – your blood sugar is too low. When this happens, you get ketones on your breath,” she said.A YOUNG scientist from Co Kerry believes she has discovered a flaw in drink-driving... more
At least she was smart enough to call the cops ... "Police get calls about drunken drivers all the time, but rarely do they come from the alleged offender. A 17-year-old girl in Bismarck called 911 on New Year's Eve "to report herself driving under the influence," police Lt. Randy Ziegler said. "I've never heard of such a thing happening, and neither has anyone here."
The girl told authorities her location shortly before midnight Wednesday and officers found her in a parked car near downtown, Ziegler said. She failed a sobriety test and was arrested for failing to have control of her vehicle while intoxicated.
The girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was not cited for drunken driving, Ziegler said.
"Her keys were in her purse and she was parked," Ziegler said. "She did tell us that she had been driving around for hours."
The call probably was a plea for help, he said.
"She told us her life was spiraling out of control, and she had spent the majority of time drinking over the past two weeks," Ziegler said.
The girl was released to her parents Thursday.At least she was smart enough to call the cops ... "Police get calls about... more
Plain and Simple. Only when the people stand up and say enough, will this encroachment on our liberty stop. Austin is only the beginning.Plain and Simple. Only when the people stand up and say enough, will this encroachment... more
Thirty-eight states let police look for drunken drivers at random stops. But, weighing safety against privacy, few legislators In Wisconsin support them.
Checkpoints also raise civil-liberties issues. Motorists are stopped without any probable cause that they've violated the law. That troubles people such as State Rep. Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids), who has long been concerned about privacy issues.Thirty-eight states let police look for drunken drivers at random stops. But, weighing... more
A massive hike in alcohol prices is the key solution to a national booze problem which kills nearly three people every day and injures many more, say doctors and counsellors.
Alcohol is a contributing factor to 70 per cent of emergency hospital admissions and well over half of all crime.
Wellington Hospital chief medical officer and drug and alcohol specialist Dr Geoff Robinson said New Zealand had a "huge problem" with alcohol.
His research showed that if alcohol were put through the drug-scheduling committee now, it would be a class B drug, sitting alongside Ritalin and morphine and more dangerous than ecstasy.
"There's 107 medical disorders associated with excessive drinking. It affects nearly every organ."
Dr Quigley said the harm done by alcohol compared to the damage from methamphetamine was 100-1. "Alcohol is by far and away the overwhelming problem."A massive hike in alcohol prices is the key solution to a national booze problem which... more
Reporting from secret farms and not-so-secret grow houses of marijuana cultivators, Lisa Ling goes into their world -- where marijuana is not just a drug but a way of life.
"If a stranger walked up to you and poured pebble like seeds into your hand and then said, 'plant them and your harvest can be made into rope, cloth or paper. It could help the sick or intoxicate.' What would you say? Would you keep the seeds or chuck them away?"
I highly recommend this Explorer. Although it isn't perfect, it has its insightful moments and Lisa Ling shines, as always! :)Reporting from secret farms and not-so-secret grow houses of marijuana cultivators,... more
Former Irish international cricketer Genevieve Kyle admitted drink-driving, driving without insurance and not complying with driving license rules.
A breath test revealed she had 144micrograms of alcohol in 100millimetres of breath - the legal limit is 35micrograms - but did not even appear drunk.
She received an eight-week suspended sentence.Former Irish international cricketer Genevieve Kyle admitted drink-driving, driving... more
This is a special kind of stupid.
An American man accused of driving drunk lead police on a wild chase that finally ended with him somehow managing to run himself over.
The 21-year-old man was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital and booked in to the Sandoval County detention center on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer, careless driving and two other outstanding traffic warrants.
A tip to the state's DrunkBuster hot line on Sunday afternoon alerted authorities to a possibly drunken driver.This is a special kind of stupid. An American man accused of driving drunk lead... more
A DUI commercial inspired by Andrew Kramer and Videocopilot's trailer for The Bullet. Made with Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, and Blender. Filmed on a Canon HV30.A DUI commercial inspired by Andrew Kramer and Videocopilot's trailer for The... more
The excuses people will come up with ... a 56-year-old woman in Sweden was pulled over last summer for erratic driving. After police followed her for three kilometres, a breath test showed her blood alcohol level to be almost ten times the legal limit. In court this week, the woman claimed she had been driving fine because she had been sure to keep one eye closed to precent seeing double. The court didn't buy that, and she'll be in prison for two months. The excuses people will come up with ... a 56-year-old woman in Sweden was pulled over... more
Brand new Mini Cooper from Mummy and Daddy, check. Copious amounts of alcohol, check. An insatiable urge to recreate a scene from the Italian Job, check... Epic fail, check.
A Bristol University student decided to become a real-life stunt man and after 'roaring' around the Uni's grounds at 40mph, across pavements and lawns, decided the time was right to attempt the 'stairs.'
Unfortunately, the stairs were a bit of a bad idea as he crashed, blowing up the car's radiator, both front tires as well as both airbags exploding.
His little adventure saw him quickly joined by six security guards, two police cars and a helicopter, which was sent to help arrest the fresher. Worst of all, after spending a night in the cells and being charged with drink-driving, people on campus said Mummy and Daddy had faces like thunder.
Brand new Mini Cooper from Mummy and Daddy, check. Copious amounts of alcohol, check.... more
VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian man, charged with drink driving, drove to a police station to complain about the charge whilst drunk, officials said on Monday.
The 65-year-old had his driving license and car keys first taken away from him on Sunday after driving while over the alcohol limit in the northern city of Linz.
He then went home, picked up his spare car keys, went back to the abandoned car and drove to police headquarters to explain why he was unhappy with the charge.
"When the driver tried to show police officers what had happened the first time, they detected he was still under the influence of alcohol," police said in a statement. The driver was charged a second time.
VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian man, charged with drink driving, drove to a police... more
Dr Judith Hamilton, a gynaecologist in London, was on-call but asleep at home when she received the call that a new mother needed an urgent hysterectomy. Hamilton was pulled over and found to be twice the legal drink drive limit. She was fined 500 pounds and banned from driving for twenty months. Hamilton defends her actions, saying she got behind the wheel because it was a "life or death situation." In addition to her driving penalties, she has been suspended from her practice for four months.Dr Judith Hamilton, a gynaecologist in London, was on-call but asleep at home when she... more
'... possessing cocaine and marijuana, running a red light and driving the wrong way on a one way street, maybe your first words to the cop shouldn't be "I'm drunk".'
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http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=121367&provider=rss'... possessing cocaine and marijuana, running a red light and driving the wrong... more
Rose Harn peers out at the world with one working eye, her arms curled tightly against her shriveled body. A rag under her chin catches her drool.
In the two decades since Harn was left brain-damaged and paralyzed by a 16-year-old driver, her husband has taken her to numerous Mothers Against Drunk Driving events in Idaho as an object lesson in the consequences of drinking and driving.
But that was before MADD removed Harn as a volunteer at its booth at a state fair last month amid complaints that the sight of her was too disturbing.
The Harns have filed a discrimination complaint with the Idaho Human Rights Commission against MADD and the company that operated the fair. MADD is taking a closer look at its practice of bringing accident victims to public events. And the incident has stirred up townspeople in this community of 50,000, situated in a sugar beet- and onion-growing region 20 miles from Boise.
"People with all kinds of disabilities, disfigurements and challenges have the right to be at public events, no matter how queasy someone may be," the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa railed in an editorial.
Exactly what happened at the fair is in dispute, and the state agency is investigating. MADD, for its part, said it feared trouble at the fair and acted out of concern for Harn's safety.
But Mike Harn said MADD should have let his wife be seen.
"This is reality. This is what happens when someone who has been drinking and driving hits someone," he said. "This is what's left. This is shattered lives."
In 1986, his wife was left blind in one eye, paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak after a teenager who had been drinking ran a stop sign and plowed into her car. The crash nearly severed her brain stem, putting her in a coma for about 18 months.
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For an organization such as MADD, you'd think they would stand up for people that were injured from a drunk driver...the fair, the state and MADD have some questions and issues to confront.Rose Harn peers out at the world with one working eye, her arms curled tightly against... more