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DWI Dangers During Halloween

According to MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving), Halloween is indeed one of the most dangerous holidays for road accidents all across the nation because of drunk driving. Four times more children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old die on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. Much of the increased fatality rate can be blamed on the adults who drive drunk on Halloween night. Just as one would use caution and escort children on their trick-or-treat Read More


Statistics Rank Fort Bend County as Drunk Driving Capitol in the United States

According to a recent article that was published by online news source, fortbendstar.com, agencies like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have considered Fort Bend County, Texas “the drunk driving capitol of the United States”. Nowhere else have there been more injuries, deaths, and arrests than in the Southeast Texas region. The article states that in 2009, Fort Bend had 16 fatalities, which accounted for 37 percent of all traffic fatalities in the surrounding areas. The Texas Department of Transportation reported Read More


Texas DWI Suspects Appear on Social Media Websites

Texas DWI Suspects Appear on Social Media Websites Being arrested for suspicion of DWI is bad enough.  Names are released in newspapers and in some cases on billboards in Texas.  Relatively untapped were the social media websites such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter Texas District Attorney Brett Ligon raised eyebrows when he decided to Tweet all DWI arrests through his public Twitter account. Former County Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor and current Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam thought of doing this as Read More


DNA Test Closes 17 Year Old DWI Case

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing, also referred to as genetic fingerprinting, is a powerful technology used by prosecutors to identify criminal suspects and may be used in robbery, attempted murder and homicide cases.  Every person, with the exception of an identical twin, possesses a unique DNA structure which scientists use for identification. The probability of two individuals sharing the same DNA pattern is less than one in 30 billion under ideal testing conditions.  DNA testing thus provides a virtually certain positive Read More


New Contract for Breath-Alcohol Testing in Houston, Texas

New Contract for Breath-Alcohol Testing in Houston Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday dropped a two-decade-old breath-alcohol testing contract with a private laboratory, in spite of claims that the district attorney’s office had pushed for the change in retaliation against a former police lab supervisor’s court testimony. The court unanimously voted to hire the Texas Department of Public Safety for all the Harris County Sheriff’s Office breath-testing needs, choosing to not renew a contract with Lone Star College. Court members deferred responsibility for the Read More


Radio Host Jeff Ward DWI Case Dropped

Famous people are not above committing crimes or being caught in compromising positions.  The problem often arises when these people are treated differently than normal people.  This might be the case after popular drive-time radio host Jeff Ward’s DWI charges were dropped. On June 9, Jeff Ward was pulled over for excessively speeding around 11 PM.  There is no clear evidence whether he submitted to a field sobriety test or he declined.  The arrest affidavit claims that he did not, Read More


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