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Police watching for intoxicated drivers as holidays near

With the rise of the annual office party and an increased number of people traveling to spend the upcoming holidays with family, it should come as little surprise that Texas law enforcement, specifically law enforcement agencies in North Texas, are looking to crack down on intoxicated drivers during the holiday season.

Supreme Court to hear breath test cases

The Texas implied consent law requires drivers to submit to a toxicology test to determine if they were operating a motor vehicle while impaired only after they have been charged with a crime. However, the laws in some other states give police officers the authority to demand a breath test based purely on their suspicion that a motorist is illegally impaired. These laws are often seen as an important part of a state's efforts to combat drunk driving, but questions have persisted about their constitutionality.

Police use social media app to conduct DUI traffic stop

Texas residents might have heard about a social media app called Periscope that allows people to live-stream video from their smartphones and broadcast the video all over the world. On Oct. 10, a woman in Florida was charged for DUI as a result of a live stream that she broadcast on Periscope.

Texas man charged with murder in car accident case

Authorities say that a 57-year-old man was charged with murder after striking another man and killing with his truck along Eastex Freeway in Houston on Sept. 21. The man who was hit was standing near a Mazda that had stalled, and another person inside of the Mazda was also hurt in the crash.

How to dispute drunk driving charges in Texas

An individual who is charged with drunk or impaired driving may have several defenses that are available. In some cases, although rare, the defendant can argue that getting behind the wheel while drunk was necessary to prevent something worse from happening. Those who are charged with impaired driving may also claim that they drove under threat of force or some other credible treat to their safety.

Driver accused of hitting motorcyclist charged

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.

New bill may give first-time DWI offenders clean record

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.

Texas boxer charged with triple manslaughter after crash

A 24-year-old professional boxer has been charged with three counts of intoxicated manslaughter following a car crash in El Paso on Dec. 19. He was previously arrested for DWI with a blood alcohol content level equal to or greater than .15 percent in April.

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