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Cops: Drunk Driver Kills Man Driving to AA Meeting

Reed Hindle had been sober 4 years

(Newser) - A 61-year-old recovering addict was killed by a suspected drunk driver while riding his motorcycle to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in New Hampshire. "Alcohol got to him in the end but not by his own doing," the man's sister, Meredith Patrick, tells CBS Boston . After struggling with... More »

Cops: Drunk Driver Kills Sleeping Child

Boy's father watched it happen

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy sleeping in his Texas home on Saturday was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed through the bedroom wall, KFOR reports. Mark Stille, father of Jonah, was outside when he saw the F-150 lose control around a curve, cross a traffic island, and slam into his house,... More »

Cops: Drunk Man Had 10-Year-Old Drive His Truck

John Barling, 46, is arrested in upstate New York

(Newser) - Police say an upstate New York man had his 10-year-old drive his pickup truck while he was sitting in the passenger seat drunk. The Times Union of Albany reports that police in the Saratoga County town of Stillwater were contacted by a motorist on Saturday who saw the child driving... More »

We Drink and Drive an Estimated 121M Times a Year

The actual figure is probably higher

(Newser) - This study might make you think twice about getting behind the wheel whether you've been drinking or not: About 1.8% of American adults admitted to driving while impaired at least once over the previous 30 days, per a new CDC study of 2012 data. When that percentage is... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Drove With Girl Clinging to Car

8-year-old was seen banging on window

(Newser) - A mom in Minnesota was so determined to get more booze one night last week that she drove to the store despite the fact that she was far too drunk to drive and her 8-year-old daughter was clinging to the vehicle, police say. According to a police report, 46-year-old Rena... More »

Parents Charged After Teen's Post-Party DWI Death

He had attended wedding, tried to drive home drunk

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a fatal DWI crash to result in a trial, but this one has nothing to do with the driver. A couple in Raleigh is charged after an 18-year-old left a party at their home and slammed his car into a tree, reports WRAL . Jonathan Taylor... More »

Truck Driver Makes Plea in 'Bachelorette Horror' Crash

Steven Romeo, 55, says he's not guilty of DUI

(Newser) - The truck driver who left a bride-to-be critically injured and killed four of her friends in a horrific car crash yesterday has pleaded not guilty to drunk driving. Steven Romeo, 55, made the plea today from a Long Island hospital bed where he's recovering from injuries sustained in the... More »

Anti-DUI Campaign About 'Marginally' Hot Girls Flops

It was a swing and a miss for Tennessee

(Newser) - How would you react if you spotted a coaster at a bar bearing these words: "Buy a drink for a marginally good-looking girl only to find out she's chatty, clingy, and your boss's daughter." If your response is "man, I shouldn't drink and drive"... More »

Breakthrough Could Wipe Out Drunk Driving in 5 Years

This could be as important as seat belts, NHTSA says

(Newser) - Advances in detection technology brought in after 9/11 could bring an end to something that kills a lot more Americans every year than war or terrorism: drunk driving. In a technological advance that supporters say could be as important as seat belts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rolled... More »

Sam Shepard Charged With 2nd Suspected DWI

Actor was busted outside a Santa Fe restaurant

(Newser) - Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Santa Fe restaurant's security complained about a possibly intoxicated driver. The 71-year-old Shepard told a police officer that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home, Santa Fe police... More »

'2 Drunk 2 Care' Driver Gets 24 Years

Kayla Mendoza caused crash that killed 2

(Newser) - The 22-year-old woman who tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" shortly before causing a fatal crash in Florida in 2013 was sentenced yesterday to 24 years in prison, NBC Miami reports. "I don't remember deciding to drive that night, so I can't even tell you what was... More »

Driver's Text Minutes Before Fatal Crash: 'Driving Drunk'

Mila Dago is accused of causing crash that killed friend

(Newser) - Mila Dago, then 22, was enmeshed in a bitter breakup on Aug. 14, 2013. As she and her friends were out drinking in Miami, she sent her boyfriend more than 60 angry text messages, police say. The last of those messages read "Driving drunk woo," "I'll... More »

Woman Channels Inner 5-Year-Old for Mugshot

Linda MacDonald shows how she feels after being arrested for DUI in Vermont

(Newser) - Linda MacDonald was sent to adult timeout (the Vermont State Police's Brattleboro barracks) after she crashed her car into a fence Monday night and was subsequently arrested for drunk driving, CBS Boston reports. And, like a sullen toddler receiving a consequence, the 55-year-old Massachusetts woman posed for her mugshot... More »

Texas Man Gets Life in Prison for 10th DWI

Bobby Gene Martin also threatened to kill an officer and his family

(Newser) - A Texas man was sentenced to two life sentences Wednesday for drunk driving. If that seems harsh, consider that Bobby Gene Martin, 64, racked up 10 DWI charges between 1981 and 2014, reports the Montgomery County Police Reporter . In the latest incident, Martin crashed his mom's pickup truck on... More »

Stoners Are 'Safer' Drivers Than Lushes

Report finds those with THC in systems crash far less often than drunk drivers

(Newser) - As more states push to legalize marijuana , scientists have started to turn their attention toward the effects of driving after toking up. Stoners will likely rejoice at two recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that appears to put them on the safer side of things: According to... More »

Cops: Fan Drinks 9 Beers, Crashes, Is Rescued by Patriots Player

Vince Wilfork saw accident, stopped to help

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan in Massachusetts stopped to help a woman in an overturned vehicle, which is making more headlines than usual because of one weird twist: The Good Samaritan is New England Patriots star Vince Wilfork, and the driver is a woman who was watching him play at Gillette Stadium... More »

Woman Caught Driving Drunk on Vanilla Extract

Carolyn Kessel says she drank two bottles of the stuff

(Newser) - Driving drunk is one thing. Doing it on two bottles of vanilla extract is at least sweeter, if just as dangerous. Carolyn Kesel, 46, was pulled over for driving erratically around a Walmart parking lot in Macedon, NY, last week, and told police she had downed two bottles of extract,... More »

Boy Dies 6 Years After DWI Crash

Abdallah Khader was just 2 when drunk driver hit family car

(Newser) - Abdallah Khader was just 2 years old in 2009 when his family's car was hit by a drunk driver. Yesterday morning, at age 8, he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in that crash. Abdallah's parents tell WFAA he died at a Fort Worth, Texas, medical center; he... More »

What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1

Daniel Pratts allegedly explained that everyone drives drunk

(Newser) - Shortly after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, a police officer in Vineland, NJ, says he saw Daniel Pratts greet 2015 by speeding through a stop sign and almost slamming into the car in front of him (which turned out to be a police K-9 unit), the Daily Journal ... More »

Mom Files $30M Suit Against Police for Not Arresting Son

Kathi Fedden says son Peter should've gotten a DWI earlier the night he died

(Newser) - Peter Fedden was picked up by police the night of July 30, 2013, after drunkenly plowing his car through a fence, across a couple of lawns, and into the side of a house in Commack, NY. It's at this point that Fedden's mom, Kathi Fedden, thinks police should... More »

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