On Aug. 31, the mayor of a Texas town was taken into custody after he was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The traffic stop occurred at about 11:25 p.m. on State Highway 107 in Edcouch after the mayor was observed committing a traffic violation.
Numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the state continue to emphasize the importance of sobriety before people get behind the wheel. Harsh penalties back up the efforts of police officers to prevent drunk driving.
Many Texans are following the news about the increasing number of states that have passed laws legalizing medical or recreational uses of marijuana. Because of the drive towards legalization, law enforcement agencies are trying to determine how they can test drivers to see if they are driving while impaired by marijuana. There are no reliable roadside tests that can be given to test for THC impairment, but scientists are working to develop them.
The number of drivers in Texas and the rest of the nation who tested positive for marijuana has increased by 50 percent over the last seven years. Also, the percentage of drivers who tested positive for alcohol in their systems between the years of 1973 and 2014 dropped by 77 percent. These statistics are based on information from the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol & Drug Use by Drivers.
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.
Texans might be interested in learning that actor David Hasselhoff's daughter Hayley Hasselhoff was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Hayley Hasselhoff previously appeared in the feature film "Sharknado" and in "Huge" on ABC.
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.
It's no shock that alcohol remains the foremost substance abused by drivers. However, Texas residents may be surprised to learn that more and more drugged drivers are illegally using the roadways.
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.
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.