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Drunk Woman Attempts to Run Over Houston Officer With Car

According to the Houston Chronicle, 30-year-old Joana Jaqueline Rodriguez has been charged with aggravated assault after she tried to hit Ignacio Lopez, a Houston Police Department officer, with her car when he started to arrest her for public intoxication. Lopez had responded to a report of a trespasser from Rodriguez and a neighbor. He noticed that during the interview, Rodriguez smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance, and acted aggressively toward him. Rodriguez attempted to get into her 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,, 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 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

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

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