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Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. The U.S. government-commissioned, 489-page report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released Wednesday throws the weight of the scientific body behind lowering the blood-alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. All states have 0.08 thresholds. A Utah law passed last year that lowers the state’s threshold to 0.05 doesn’t go…

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Focus: December is National Impaired Driving Month

With the holiday season upon us, millions of American families are packing up and driving around the country. Whether you are visiting Grandma a little way down the road, or the other Grandma who lives several hours away, safety will always be paramount in your family’s travels. This is a wonderful time of year for celebrating and being with loved ones, and that is why it is so important to be aware of the dangers that impaired driving present during the holiday season. While the majority of Americans have at…

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M1 minibus crash: Ryszard Masierak and David Wagstaff deny dangerous driving

Two lorry drivers have denied a string of charges following a crash on the M1 that left eight people dead. Six men and two women died in the crash involving two lorries and a minibus near Newport Pagnell on 26 August. Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire; and David Wagstaff, 53, of Stoke-on-Trent; each deny eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving. A trial has been set for 26 February at Aylesbury Crown Court. Mr Masierak was remanded in custody, while Mr Wagstaff was given bail. Four minibus passengers…

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Social Q’s: Driving Cross-Country Without — Gasp! — Checking Your Phone

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My sister and her husband are driving cross-country soon. They’ve been planning this vacation for a long time. It’s a big deal for them. My brother-in-law announced that they would bring a cellphone for emergencies, but they don’t plan on checking messages. He also asked that we not share any bad news with them while they’re away that might mar their trip — even if somebody dies. I didn’t give it much thought. But my wife was livid, and now she’s convinced me too. Thoughts?…

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'Are you taking a gun?': Why I braved a driving outback trip Wolf Creek solo

Are you taking a gun?” I lost track of how many times I was asked that question in the lead -up to my camping trip into central Australia. “For what?” I would say. “Um, snakes? Dingoes?  And it will be so … dark.” A pause, then, inevitably, “And what about, you know, that guy from Wolf Creek?”  Photography by Tessa Durack.  Snakes, dingoes, darkness and sadistic psychopaths. The first three I get – atavistic fears probably hard-wired into our psyches. The last? Well, that bloody movie was a constant reference…

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