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Woman charged in fatal crash

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Feb.25, 2017, and took the life of a 30-year-old woman. The fatality occurred when a 32-year-old woman from Muleshore, Texas, with a blood alcohol level that was almost three times the legal limit, drove her Mercury Mariner through a red light and collided with a Ford Fiesta that had the right of way.

Drunk driving arrest of TV journalist in Texas makes news

A 32-year-old woman employed as an investigative reporter for KENS-TV in San Antonio became the subject of media reports after a May 28 arrest for alleged drunk driving. The report filed by a Hill Country Village police officer described her as driving a vehicle erratically on U.S. 281 North. After she failed to use a turn signal, the officer pulled her over. Other officers from the local jurisdiction also arrived on the scene.

Texas interlock law praised by MADD

In 2015, Texas became the 25th state to require drunk drivers to have ignition interlock devices fitted to their vehicles, and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving report released on March 14 suggests that the law has been highly effective. According to the study, these gadgets have prevented more than 200,000 individuals in Texas from driving and driving, more than in any other state.

Drunk driving arrests spike on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is well known for its association with alcohol. Texas residents celebrating the popular holiday should choose a designated driver or plan to use a cab company or ride-share service. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that during the first six hours of March 18, impaired drivers cause approximately one-third of all traffic deaths nationwide. From 2011 to 2015, St. Patrick's Day ended in the traffic deaths of 252 people.

Installing ignition interlock devices after a DUI charge

In the state of Texas, people with drunk driving convictions must get their vehicles outfitted with ignition interlock devices. This gadget requires drivers to blow into a mouthpiece to ensure that they don't have any alcohol in their systems before their cars will start.

Rural county has high drunk driving rates

Houston residents may be interested to learn that Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of DUI cases and DUI-related accidents in Texas. In fact, Montgomery County has the highest rate of fatal drunk driving accidents per capita of any Texas county with more than 500,000 residents. Law enforcement officials and lawmakers are now looking for solutions to lower the number of DUI incidents there.

Breath test results may be disputed

Texas motorists who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol are often asked to submit to a breath test by a police officer. Though the results of a breath test are usually important evidence in a drunk driving case, passing or failing it does not guarantee a certain result in court.

Auto-brewery syndrome could lead to false DUI charges

Most Texas residents only get drunk when they drink alcohol, but a rare condition called auto-brewery syndrome can cause some people to display drunken-like symptoms all of the time. The digestive condition affects the way that people metabolize carbohydrates, leading to an excess of yeast in the body that turns to alcohol.

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