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New technology to monitor blood alcohol content

Drivers across Missouri know the dangers of having drunk drivers on the roads. New technological advances are being made in monitoring systems that can tell whether or not a person has been drinking before they get into a car, which can hopefully reduce the number of drunk drivers who are behind the wheel.

As KYHV reports, Faulkner County, Arkansas, has begun using the Check BAC monitoring system for all repeat DWI offenders. This is a breathalyzer system that connects with a person's phone via Bluetooth. Every three hours, offenders open the Check BAC app, and they take a breathalyzer while recording a video of themselves taking the test. The app can also randomly request tests throughout the day. Studies show that one-third of drunk drivers who are on the roads have driven drunk before and been arrested, so Faulkner County officials are hoping this monitoring can help keep people with alcohol issues in check, out of jail, and reduce recidivism. 

Studies disagree on whether ride-sharing reduces drunk driving

For many in Missouri, the availability of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber has been a helpful convenience for a night out with friends. While some studies credit the services with spurring a decrease in drunk driving, others are not so conclusive.

As the New York Times reports, a study sponsored by Uber in 2015 made very direct conclusions about ride-sharing's effectiveness against drunk driving, stating that it was responsible for a 10 percent drop in DUI arrests after the service began in Seattle. Several independent studies have also found connections between decreases in drunk driving after the introduction of Uber and other services in a community. A study from West Carolina University found that as Uber introduced service into new communities across the country there was a corresponding decrease in fatal accidents nationwide. A study of New York City's boroughs except for Staten Island found that after Uber was introduced in 2011, alcohol-related car crashes decreased between 25 and 35 percent compared to areas without ride-sharing, although the researcher who wrote the study stated that more information is needed to make broader conclusions.

Follow these safety tips for Trick or Treating

October means trips to the pumpkin patch and caramel apples are in season. It also means that Halloween is just around the corner. Soon, costumes, decorations, tricks and treats will be everywhere you look. Halloween is fun for you and your children, but it also poses extra risks on the streets. Studies show that Halloween is one of the most fatal days for pedestrians. Motorists and trick-or-treating families can do their part to help avoid car accidents.

Take these steps with your trick-or-treaters:

Remind Teens about hazardous weather conditions while driving

August is coming to an end. This means that fall will be here soon. As a Missourian, you know this means the weather will change. Midwestern weather often changes quickly and unexpectedly. You know that one day can feel like summer, the next like fall and then it can jump back to sunny and warm. You also know that wind, rain and snow will soon become a threat.

You know how to drive in varying weather conditions. You have done it before, but you worry about your newly licensed teen driver. You will want to go over the hazards that driving in both the rain and snow produce.

Most Drivers Think Texting Should Be Illegal, Yet Still Do It

According to a recent survey, 64 percent of 18- to 34-year-old drivers felt that texting or looking at a phone while driving is probably the most common cause of traffic accidents. Nevertheless, 62 percent of the same group are confident in their ability to text and drive safely.

While young people were most likely to think they could text and drive safely -- even if others couldn't -- it's not just young people. Among drivers of all ages, 90 percent believe that texting while driving should be illegal, and 83 percent felt texting or cellphone use was the most common cause of traffic crashes. Yet 34 percent still felt they were either "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that they could do so safely.

STAGES OF A PERSONAL INJURY CASE, PART 7 - COLLECTING MONEY

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STAGES OF A PERSONAL INJURY CASE, PART 7 - COLLECTING MONEY

You've been to court. You won your case. Now what? When you "win" a civil case in court, the jury or judge may award you monetary damages. However, in some situations the losing party against whom there is a judgment (also known as a debtor), either refuses to follow the court order or cannot afford to pay the amount of the judgment. If this happens, you may be required to take additional steps and incur further expenses to collect the judgment. This is where McShane & Brady Law can help.

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