Until recently, police were authorized to draw a driver’s blood without a warrant in suspected DUI cases. The blood results were then tested for levels of alcohol and for possible drug consumption. The United States Supreme Court recently reviewed this issue and determined that the police must be granted a warrant prior to drawing a […]
Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have been making headlines across the nation as friendly, convenient, and cost effective services that provide rides to customers at all hours of the day. However, not all experiences with these services have been positive. In recent months, the city of Austin has been reviewing these companies and […]
Everyone is familiar with the nationwide problem of drunk driving. However, driving under the influence of illegal and prescription drugs is a lesser-known form of impaired driving that contributes to many, if not more, automobile accidents each year. And just like drunk driving, drugged driving often leads to the serious injury or death of others.
Safety continues to be a primary concern. As decades of public service announcements regarding the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol appear to have done little to quell the alarmingly high number of car collisions attributable to this one cause alone, many are urging something more needs to be done. We all […]
After Austin experienced 102 traffic deaths in 2015, setting a new record, the city was included in the Vision Zero Focus Cities program, joining Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. Getting its start in Sweden in October of 1997, Vision Zero is a national traffic safety program that tries to reduce or completely eliminate traffic […]
Recently, the Texas House of Representatives passed new requirements that would allow convicted drunk drivers to drive–but only if they’re sober. These new Texas requirements are a grim reminder of how high a percentage of car accidents involve intoxicated drivers. Often, those drivers have suspended licenses due to previous drunk-driving convictions. The new requirements hope to […]
Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Transportation held a conference called the “Distracted Driving Summit,” which put the issue of distracted driving front and center. The goal of the conference was not only to raise awareness of the problem of distracted driving, but also to come up with ways to improve the situation. Improvements […]
Drunken Driving Deaths, Texas. According to recently released data from the Texas Department of Transportation, the state of Texas—which had the highest number of drunken driving fatalities in 2011 nationwide, reaching a total of 1,213 deaths—has reportedly experienced an increase in drunken driving deaths over the last couple of years. The most recent numbers show […]