Despite the many laws and punishments in place to curb drunk driving, this remains a major problem in the state of Texas (as well as the rest of the United States).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police charged a 31-year-old man in Midland, Texas, with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of three accidents. Officials identified the man as an oilfield worker featured on a reality TV show about oil drillers in West Texas.The man is alleged to have a prior driving while intoxicated conviction. Under Texas, a prior DWI conviction can increase both the severity of the charges and the penalties a judge can impose at sentencing. Police did not say if the motorist submitted to either field sobriety tests or a Breathalyzer test to measure his blood-alcohol content at the time of the accidents.
A 21-year-old motorist was sentenced in a Harris County courtroom to eight years in prison for his role in the death of a nun in 2011. A jury returned a guilty verdict to the drunk driving charge of intoxicated manslaughter and recommended imprisonment. Included with the testimony and other evidence was test results showing the motorist's blood alcohol content level to have been more than two and a half times over the .08 percent legal limit at the time of the accident.Evidence that the accused motorist spent one night in jail for public intoxication four months before the fatal accident might have been a factor in the jury's decision to recommend imprisonment rather than probation. According to police, the motorist drove through a stop sign and struck the victim's car. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter because his BAC level was .20 percent during the accident.
The emotional trauma of witnessing the death of his two young sons might be the defense an Alvin construction worker relies upon as he faces a criminal charge for killing the drunk driver who ran into them. The dead driver had a blood alcohol level that was twice the 0.08 legal limit in Texas.The accused father of four was pushing his disabled truck toward his home with the aid of his 12-year-old and 11-year-old sons when the driver rammed into the back of the truck. When sheriff's deputies arrived, the driver of the car was dead with a single bullet wound in his head. Investigators did not find a gun, but they recovered a holster and ammunition in a search of the suspect's home.
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist in 2009 resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the 27-year-old law student whose vehicle ran over her. The case against the now-graduated law student ended Jan. 25 with his no contest plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing is slated for February. Evidence showed that both the motorcyclist and the 27-year-old were intoxicated. The driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13, according to a blood test performed after his arrest. The prosecutor handling the case told the judge that it would have been difficult proving intoxicated manslaughter because police officers at the scene were not convinced of the link between the man's intoxication and the accident. The defense attorney was prepared to argue that the motorcyclist might have been able to control her motorcycle had she not been intoxicated.
A blood alcohol content level that was almost twice the legal limit in Texas led prosecutors to charge Randy Travis with driving while intoxicated. The drunk driving charge against the country singer is the latest development in a story that began last summer when he was arrested after being involved in a traffic accident. Texas residents who find themselves facing such serious charges may wish to look into the laws surrounding the specific offenses they have been charged of. The seriousness of the charge to a Class A misdemeanor and increases the potential penalties to include a prison sentence of up to two years and fines up to $4,000. A conviction may also lead to a driver's license suspension.