A car driven by a 19-year-old man crashed into a tree in Bates Township, Mich., in April. The Iron County Sheriff's Department said investigators believed the driver, who survived the crash, was drunk and speeding.
May 14, 2013 The National Transportation Safety Board wants the blood alcohol limit to be lowered from 0.08 to 0.05, in line with the limits in countries such as Denmark, the Philippines and Switzerland. But it may be tough sell in states across the country.
A bottle of beer, seen on the the roof of a car at a DUI checkpoint in Miami, can create snags for health insurance coverage of accident care in some states.
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May 1, 2012 Under some state laws, a patient's positive test for alcohol can mean that insurers won't pay hospitals and doctors for care after an accident. To sidestep the potential problem, hospitals often don't screen patients for alcohol use.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers talk with motorists at a sobriety checkpoint in 2006, the year CDC says drunk driving peaked.
October 4, 2011 Yearly episodes of people driving after drinking have declined 30 percent since peaking at 2006. More than 4 in 5 impaired-driving episodes involve men. Public health officials called for more use of sobriety checkpoints to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.
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