We are pleased to report that Illinois’ Governor Rauner exercised a line item veto that we requested of HB 218 that would have established a 15 ng/ml per se level for THC, effectively preventing enforcement of DUI-marijuana in Illinois. (See previous post “Governor Rauner, please consider the consequences.”) Unfortunately, he recommended that legislators support a 5 ng/ml level as is used in Colorado, Washington and Montana. A 5 ng/ml standard is still far too high. … READ MORE
A February 2015 report from NHTSA’s 2013-2014 survey shows a continued decline in the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol. In 1996, 16.9% of those surveyed had a Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) greater than .05 gm/210 L, compared with a mere 8.3% in 2013-2014. One might believe from these statistics that we’re making great progress in reducing the incidence and impact of drunk driving. Wow! We cut the percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers … READ MORE
DUID Victim Voices has lobbied extensively for better DUID data so state legislators can make laws based on intelligence, rather than myth. See January 16, 2014 Blog for one letter that was part of this lobbying campaign. This letter was spread widely throughout the law enforcement community. Governor Hickenlooper responded with a polite thank you note.
February 2014, DUID Victim Voices sponsored a special program at Colorado’s Interagency Task Force on Drunk Driving. The program … READ MORE
DUID Victim Voices has completed its pilot study of 2012 vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults in Colorado. Defendants in most of those cases (83%) were also charged with DUI. This provides an excellent data source to measure the proportion of DUIDs in Colorado’s DUI citations. The results of the study were presented today to the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. See the entire presentation here. CTFDID PPT
Key findings of the study … READ MORE