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Op-Ed: Lenient sentence for drunk driver who killed a crime in itself

The drunk driver who took the lives of Jayantha Wijeratne and his daughter Eleesha on a highway near Toronto 3 years ago was sentenced Tuesday. What did he get for destroying two people, and breaking the hearts of their family and friends? Not enough.

MADD chapter president charged with impaired driving

A local chapter President for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has been forced to resign after being pulled over by police and charged with impaired driving.

Pleasure cruise turns nightmarish following boating mishap

Boston - A teenager has lost a limb and remains in critical condition following a Saturday night boating incident in Boston Harbor that saw the ship's captain arrested for operating the boat while intoxicated.

'2 drunk 2 care' driver sentenced to 24 years behind bars

Coral Gables - A Florida woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter. Kayla Mendoza was only 20 years old when she crashed into another car while traveling the wrong way down the expressway.

Beer Brake: Driver of Semi hauling beer in Canada busted for DUI

Driving under the influence is an awful crime and nothing about it is funny. So there isn't any humour in this story but there is irony. It is the story of a truck driver hauling a trailer full of beer - who got hauled over for drunk driving.

Op-Ed: How Secret Service agents disrupted bomb investigation

It is bad enough that two Secret Service agents were given preferential treatment after running their car into a barricade at the White House, allegedly while driving intoxicated, but now we find out they disrupted an active bomb investigation.

Fewer drivers on alcohol but more using marijuana and driving

A study released last week shows that the campaign in the U.S. against drinking and driving has been effective, but another danger on the roads — driving while under the influence of marijuana — is increasing.

Wisconsin DUI suspect tells one whopper of a fish tale

Friendship - Law enforcement officials have probably heard some really strange excuses for driving under the influence, but one Wisconsin man may have gone a little too far when be blamed his alleged inebriation on eating beer-battered fish.

Drunk Segway driver a first for Norwegian police

Oslo - Police in Norway have had a novel experience as they arrested their very first drunk driver on a Segway machine. The Norwegian government had only recently lifted a ban on the vehicles when the incident occurred.

Missouri hit-and-run drunk driver gets 120 days for killing man

Kansas City - The family of Leroy "Buddy" Bronson, who was killed by a drunk driver who then fled the scene, were outraged by the sentence. It was less than the 15 years another man got for similarly killing Bronson's wife and daughter.

Man arrested for operating snowmobile in June while intoxicated

Lansing - A Michigan man faces charges for crashing his snowmobile while under the influence. The lack of winter weather conditions and the temperatures in the mid-80s didn't deter the man from trying to pull off this snow job.

Two Iowa TV reporters arrested for drunk driving one day apart

Des Moines - An Emmy winning news anchor with WHO-TV in Des Moines was arrested for operating while intoxicated. Her arrest came one day after her colleague, Erik Wheater, was arrested for the same crime.

Oregon man arrested for DUI while wearing 'Drunk As Shit' t-shirt

It's likely that if most of us decided for one reason or another to wear a t-shirt that reads 'Drunk As Shit' we would not then decide to get drunk as shit and drive our car. But a 21-year-old Oregon man is apparently different than most of us.

Intelligent transportation & the future of stopping drunk driving

Intelligent transportation is the future to prevent drunk driving incidents in the future. Google as well as many other car companies are creating self-driving cars these days to save lives.

Suspected drunk driver in crash that killed 6 had previous DUI

Diamond Bar - A 21-year-old woman who faces charges of driving the wrong way on a California freeway while drunk, had a previous conviction for DUI and restrictions on her licence were only removed last week.

Teen uses 'Affluenza' defense to avoid prison

Many people, including members of the bar, are calling the verdict handed down by a Texas Juvenile Court judge a travesty of justice, after a teen was given probation for driving drunk and killing four people. Was it simply because he was wealthy?

Defence of necessity: Nova Scotia drunk driver found not guilty

Amherst - Although Roger Pleau admitted he drove while drunk, he was found not guilty after a judge found he believed his friend would die if he did not drive him to a hospital.

German woman hides in trunk of car to sober up after crash

Bad Kreuznach - In another of those "you just can't make them up" stories, a German woman, who got drunk and caused a minor accident, decided to avoid the police by hiding in the trunk of her car, for one-and-a-half days.

Montana woman too drunk to get out of car, calls 911

Billings - What to do? After spending four hours in a car she could not get out of, the 55-year-old woman called 911 for help. The nice police officer who showed up helped her out of the vehicle and then charged her with DUI.

German driver caught on underground train track after drink binge

Bochum - A 27-year-old German driver was caught driving up an underground train track in Bochum after a night out. He was three times over the legal alcohol limit and followed tram lines which led to an underground tube station where his car got stuck on rails.

Taking sick cat to vet no excuse for drunk driving

Tampa - Florida's Second District Court of Appeal has ruled that while the defence of necessity can apply to driving under the influence, it does not apply when the driver is attempting to save the life of a cat.

Memorial Day weekend may be the most dangerous time of year

Despite being a day for remembrance, Memorial Day is often one filled with BBQs, beers, and often times DUIs. This article the dark side of Memorial Day and the new tendency toward drink and driving.

Edmonton MP found not guilty of failing to provide breath sample

Edmonton - Edmonton East MP Peter Goldring will rejoin the Conservative caucus after a judge found him not guilty of failing to provide a breath sample after being stopped in December, 2011.

Driving 10 MPH results in DUI arrest

Sonora - Some people learn slower than others, one local man is even slower than that, when it comes to driving under the influence.

Dad accused of killing suspected drunk driver who killed his kids

Alvin - After a vehicle rammed his truck, David Barajas Sr., of Alvin, Texas, is alleged to have walked to his house, got his gun, and killed the other driver police say was intoxicated.

County Kerry, Ireland to issue drunk driving permits

Kilgarvan - A county council in southwestern Ireland has approved a motion that will allow people living in isolated rural areas to drink and drive.

Alberta driver gets 6 1/2 years for killing four foreign workers

Red Deer - After previously pleading guilty to five charges, a crying Tyler James Stevens was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for causing a fatal crash that took the lives of four Filipino workers and seriously injuring a fifth.

Op-Ed: Drinking and driving on New Year’s Eve could be a fatal mistake

Each year thousands of lives are lost in the United States and Canada to incidents of drunk driving. New Year’s Eve is a special event where there is a huge influx in the number of drunk drivers on the roads. Learn how you can prevent drunk driving.

State police agencies nationwide declare war on drunk drivers

State police and highway patrol troopers throughout the nation will be on heightened alert and out in force on the highways tonight as part of a massive national effort to combat drunk drivers this New Year’s Eve.

Paralyzed 9-year-old tells drunk driver, 'don't drink'

Fort Worth - In July of 2011, a man who had been drinking and driving a stolen car struck a vehicle head on, leaving an 8-year-old passenger paralyzed from the waist down.
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Local police at a town in Connecticut administer a field sobriety test known as the one leg stand test to a driver after a crash.
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Death on the road.
A sign reminds the driver of this car not to drink and drive.
A sign reminds the driver of this car not to drink and drive.
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Ronald O'Kelly, 25
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This photo was supplied by the Wijeratne family. it shpws a father, far right, and a daughter now gone. A son and mother are left behind to grieve.
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If you’re drinking, don’t drive.
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Scene of crash on Highway 2, March 4, 2012
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Incidents such as this happened due to alcohol and cell phone use. Studies have proven that current ...
Incidents such as this happened due to alcohol and cell phone use. Studies have proven that current bans on usage are not stopping further accidents.
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