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Almost 4 months ago, I wrote about one of the first women to be arrested under the new Leandra’s Law. She was drunk on Christmas day, with four kids in the car, and headed to Rochester. But she overshot her exit and ended up an hour away in Depew, where she was pulled over.

This week, she was sentenced to 5 years probation and a $1,000 fine, and has lost her license. I have to say I was initially a little surprised that she wasn’t sentenced to some period of jail time. She had a clean record before this incident, and there appear to have been circumstances in her personal life the the judge felt required leniency. (more…)

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Last week I heard a radio advertisement for an organization that I’d never heard of. RADD used to stand for Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving but now goes by “The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety” and has been around longer than I’ve been alive.

Some of the people who have supported this group include the Black Eyed Peas, Reba McEntire, Gavin DeGraw, Paul McCartney and countless others. The group targets teens and young adults to promote safe and sober driving, using designated drivers, and wearing seat belts, hoping to encourage people to make “responsible behavior the norm.”

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Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of stories about a rise in alcohol abuse in women. In the January issue of Good Housekeeping, they profiled Rachael Brownell–a mother who was downing a bottle or more of wine each day while watching her young daughters. This morning, I read a story titled “So many women under the influence: Drunk and disengaged, they put themselves, others in danger”.

Locally, we all know the story of the mother last summer who killed 8 people while allegedly driving under the influence (I don’t know if the case has been prosecuted yet). Last year, a different mother in Rochester left her children at home alone when she ran out to get beer and came back to her house ablaze. One of her daughters died from her injuries. (more…)

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There are a lot of interesting things happening in Colorado lately, as evidenced by my posts about using an iPhone app to discourage drunk driving and educating the public about date rape drugs. And just last week I wrote about the phenomenon of Medical Marijuana Millionaires. Now, I want to share an article about the difficulties that medical marijuana users are facing in the work place.

The article shares the stories of three state residents who had to meet with HR about their medical marijuana use. One of these employees came out in a published letter to the local newspaper, another after an accident they had while on duty, and the third after using marijuana at work.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation took a new approach to preventing drunk driving this holiday season when they had an iPhone app developed called “R-U-Buzzed.” According to their press release, the app estimates a person’s BAC “based on how many drinks they have consumed, how long they have been drinking, and their gender.”

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to make the right decision to get a sober ride home”

– Pam Hutton, CDOT governor’s representative for highway safety

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