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Texas Airs Others’ Dirty Laundry on Billboards

Missing children have graced the sides of milk cartons in years passed.  Wanted posters have been on display at post offices since time immemorial.  Texas has made the use of wanted signs even more public than these other examples. Billboards threaten drivers in Texas with the assertion “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail,” but now digital billboards in the San Antonio area will feature the names and photos of suspected drunken drivers who are pending arrest.  Any calls to the tip Read More


Texas State Students Night Life Problems

The cancellation of Texas State’s Students with Alternative Transportation (S.W.A.T.) program in 2009 has left a gap in the city’s efforts to encourage safety on the roads. It has been shown that young Texas die at a much greater rate from injuries sustained in alcohol-related auto crashes than the rest of the population. There were 25,032 alcohol-related crashes that resulted in 1,057 deaths in 2010. Those crashes resulted in 16,877 injuries. The 20- to 25-year-old group in Texas accounts for Read More


Houston Police Department Scandal

The Houston Police Department has a history of problems.  In 2003, the entire laboratory staff was found to be severely deficient in the training and requisite knowledge to work in a DNA lab.   They are again subject to another probe concerning their laboratory work.   After a decade of such scrutiny, the Houston Police Department is experiencing a renewed interest in its testing practices.  So much so, that thousands of cases from the Houston Police Department in the last 25 Read More


Dry Counties and Wet Counties: Which is Safer for Texas?

In Texas, there are dry counties and wet counties.  This signifies if the counties allow or prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages.  What is the purpose of these laws and regulations, do they keep people safer? A review of traffic data shows that counties that sell alcohol have distinct differences in alcohol related accidents from those that don’t. However, not in the way that opponents of alcohol sales and distribution might think. Texas has more alcohol-related traffic accidents than any Read More


Texas No-Refusal Fourth of July Weekend

Beginning Wednesday and running through July 4, law enforcement across Texas sought warrants to draw blood for any driver suspected of drinking and who refused to provide a breath sample.  There is a precedent for such tactics, officials have seen results from such programs in Montgomery County, Tarrant County and other areas and decided it is something that needs to go statewide. During a no-refusal time period, if a driver refuses to take a Breathalyzer test, officers can quickly obtain Read More


Dallas Mavericks Star arrested for Public Intoxication.

Looks like celebrations may have gotten out of hand for at least one member of the Dallas Mavericks. Deshawn Stevenson, shooting guard for the newly crowned NBA Champs, was arrested Tuesday night – two days after the Mavericks upset the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA finals. The ESPN story is available here and the Dallas Morning News story is available here. In Texas, public intoxication is a Class “C” misdemeanor, which is punishable by a $500 fine. Read More


Celebrations That Go Too Far and Public Intoxication

Looks like celebrations may have gotten out of hand for at least one member of the Dallas Mavericks. Deshawn Stevenson, shooting guard for the newly crowned NBA Champs, was arrested Tuesday night – two days after the Mavericks upset the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA finals. The ESPN story is available here and the Dallas Morning News story is available here. In Texas, public intoxication is a Class “C” misdemeanor, which is punishable by a $500 fine. Read More


Texas Considering Creation of DWI “Lite”

Texas Considering Creation of DWI “Lite” Drinking and driving is never a good idea.  Soon it may be an even worse idea in Texas.  Austin police chief Art Acevedo has given his support for the creation of a DWI “lite” classification for drivers that have a BAC of .05 to .07.  For some drivers, this is equal to drinking a few beers with dinner and then driving home.  Acevedo has gone so far as to petition the Senate Committee for Read More


Texas DWI Offenders Gets Life Sentences in Williamson County

After multiple offenses a DWI charge can change from a blemish on your record into a life altering felony DWI conviction.  On June 16th, a Texas man was sentenced with 99 years in prison.  Arthur Ortega, a 48 year old from Austin Texas, was pulled over by an area police officer and was found to have a BAC of .25 which is triple the legal limit.  Ortega got behind the wheel after a night of drinking and almost killed the Read More


DWI News From Austin

For this legislation term, there were a total of six DWI laws reviewed. They included bills for ignition interlock devices for 1st time offenders, sobriety checkpoints, deferred adjudication, license revocation for 2nd time offenders, and alcohol detection devices for those on probation.  These were all in an attempt to persuade Texas drivers to stop driving under the influence.  In 2009 Texas led the nation with 1,235 deaths from DWI accidents but has decreased in recent years. Out of the bills Read More


Texas Safe Harbor Protection

Texas has government agencies in place to protect all of its constituents.  At a time when people aren’t spending a lot of money, bars and restaurants need safety nets.  However, what happens when an established business allows a customer to harm others or themselves?  This leads to possible legal action or loss of business. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is just one of these agencies designed to police alcohol licensees.  The TABC has enacted the Safe Harbor policy to protect Read More


Texas Field Sobriety Test

If you are pulled over for a possible DWI in Texas, you will have to take a field sobriety test. A variety of tests is available that you will be asked to complete.  You should be aware of them and their varying degrees of accuracy. The first is the one-leg stand test.  This is a straight-forward test on the surface.  The subject taking the test must keep one foot six inches off of the ground while keeping their arms at Read More