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Drinking and Driving
Are State Laws Too Punitive?
Last Featured: 6/11/2007

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At the urging of victims’ rights groups, state legislatures have enacted laws that impose new consequences for those convicted of drunk driving, from increased jail time to special markers on license plates or publication of convictions on the Web. Other states are considering laws that would require all first-time offenders to install breathalyzers in their cars. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we look at drunk-driving laws. Do these measures reduce accidents and save lives or do they go too far in punishing offenders?

The Legal Limit
Justice Talking's Julie Mashack quizzes some local Philadelphians on when it's legal to drive after drinking.

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Drunk Driving in America
Host Margot Adler and highway safety expert Anne McCartt discuss the state of drunk driving in America today.

Dr. Anne McCartt has worked in the highway safety area for 25 years. She is currently the senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Report from New Mexico
Justice Talking contributor Eric Mack reports on a New Mexico law that requires all first-time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed on their cars.

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The Debate: Ending Drunk Driving
Host Margot Adler is joined by Mothers Against Drunk Driving representative Charles Hurley and leading DUI defense attorney Lawrence Taylor to debate the best way to end drunk driving in America.

Charles Hurley is the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Previously, Hurley served as the the vice president of the Transportation Safety Group for the National Safety Council and as the executive director of the council’s Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign. In 2004, he received the prestigious J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for his lifetime commitment and outstanding contribution to highway safety.

Lawrence Taylor is one of the country's leading DUI defense attorneys. He heads the 11-attorney California DUI Law Firm and writes the DUIblog. Taylor is also the author of over 30 articles and 14 books, including the standard textbooks on DUI litigation "Drunk Driving Defense" and "California Drunk Driving Defense." He was also one of the original founders of the National College for DUI Defense and later served as its dean.

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Dram Shop Laws
Attorney James Mosher talks with Margot about when and how bars can be held liable if a patron drives after being served alcohol and causes an accident.

James F. Mosher is director of the Center for the Study of Law and Enforcement Policy, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He has over 25 years experience in the drug and alcohol policy field as a policy analyst, legal scholar, researcher, lecturer, and trainer.

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A Sober Diagnosis
Doctor Zachary Meisel explains the effects of alcohol on the body and offers some advice about when it’s OK to drive.

Dr. Zachary Meisel is an emergency room doctor and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a contributing writer to Slate Magazine.

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South Dakota v. Neville
Pennsylvania v. Muniz
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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Students Against Destructive Decisions (Founded as Students Against Drunk Driving)
Social Host Liability
Designated Drivers, Inc.
Drunk Driving (Issues That Concern You)
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Drunk Driving Laws: Rules of the Road When Crossing State Lines, 2nd Ed
by Dennis A. Bjorklund
Drunk Driving: An American Dilemma
by James B. Jacobs
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