A 32-year-old Texas man who was reportedly involved in a drunk driving accident that left a motorcyclist dead on April 10 was charged with intoxication manslaughter. According to the authorities, the accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of the East Freeway near Beltway 8.
On March 3, lawmakers in Texas looked at a bill that would allow some first-time DWI offenders to maintain clean criminal records. The initial version of the bill would require any county in Texas with a population of greater than 200,000 to implement Direct Intervention Voluntary Education, Restitution, and Treatment programs. DIVERT programs allow first-time offenders to have a drunk driving charge expunged after two years.
Motorists in Texas may benefit from learning more about the laws and penalties concerning alcohol-related offenses as described by the state's Department of Public Safety. Some of the common penalties include fines, jail time, license suspension and alcohol education classes. Anyone who is convicted of DWI may have their CDL license disqualified. However, some people may qualify to receive an occupational license exemption after their driver's license has been revoked or suspended.
Texas football player Ronald Leary was convicted of drunk driving as a result of an incident that took place in September 2012. After pleading guilty to the drunk driving charge, the Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman was given a sentence of 18 months probation. He may now have to face disciplinary action from the NFL that could include a suspension.
On Feb. 26, Texas police who took a man into custody for suspicion of DUI on Jan. 13 after he blew a .00 percent on a breath test defended their actions. According to the report, police officers stopped the man after he failed to stop at a stop sign.
Houston residents may be interested to know that even high-profile celebrities are not immune to DUI charges. According to Fox Sports News, prosecutors intend to revoke the bond previously issued to Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle, Josh Brent, after he was charged with DUI manslaughter. Prosecutors report that Josh Brent consumed alcohol and then attempted to hide its presence in his body, thereby violating the conditions of his bond.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on May 6 at approximately 1:15 a.m., a 25-year-old man was driving on FM 1774 when his 2008 Dodge Ram pick-up left the road, driving into a ditch. The vehicle collided with two trees before coming to rest on its side.