February 19th, 2013|
February 19, 2013
According to statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Texas sees more drunk driving fatalities annually than any other state in the nation. In response to the problem, the organization is attempting to persuade lawmakers to adopt more stringent driving regulations on convicted drunken drivers.
MADD claims that in 2011, 1,213 lives were lost in Texas Auto Accidents involving drunk drivers, which also cost taxpayers in the state approximately $5.7 billion. NBC-DFW 5 News stated these numbers prompted the organization to lobby state lawmakers to enact a policy that would require all convicted drunk drivers, even first time offenders, to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Ignition interlocks are devices which are wired into a vehicle’s ignition system and require a person to blow into a tube connected to the device to have a breath sample tested for alcohol before the vehicle will start. Studies have shown laws requiring the devices in other states have been effective in reducing rates of drunk driving.
The organization is also calling for laws that will allow law enforcement to conduct traffic checkpoints aimed at catching drunken drivers in the act. The 38 states that have enacted such laws have seen a 20 percent decline in drunk driving accidents since implementation.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough hope the measures, if adopted, will help eliminate drunk driving and provide safer highway environments for motorists.
February 5th, 2013|
February 5, 2013
With Texas ranking among the worst states in the nation for highway safety, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety are continuing to push the state to adopt legislation that would make the state’s roadways less dangerous.
News Channel 10 explains that the group recently issued a report that concluded roughly 10 percent of the nation’s traffic fatalities occurred in Texas. This resulted in a seven percent increase in Texas Auto Accident fatalities from 2011 to 2012.
Experts believe the high number of deaths could be attributed to the state falling behind on implementing measures to promote highway safety. One of the examples given was the state adopting one of the highest speed limits in the nation on a portion of toll road that was recently opened. Drivers can now legally travel at speeds up to 80 mph.
The advocacy group also pointed out the state lacks several key components in the law books that would stiffen restrictions on teen drivers, and therefore, create a safer driving environment for these at-risk motorists. Officials added Texas should adopt a law requiring ignition interlock systems to be installed in the vehicle of anyone who is caught driving drunk.
The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are hopeful these conclusions will be used to promote improving the safety of the state’s roads through tougher legislation and better public education about dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
January 10th, 2012|
January 10, 2012
Three people were killed in a single-vehicle crash early last Wednesday morning in Las Colinas, Texas. The accident is believed by the Irving police department, who is heading up the investigation into the crash, to be alcohol related. According to NBC 5 News, if alcohol is to blame, the bars that over served the driver could be held responsible for the accident.
The night started as a young couple from Austin, Texas, went to a Dallas Stars hockey game. After the game, they went to the Hilton Hotel bar, where they met a 41-year-old local attorney.
The attorney was in the midst of a divorce from his wife and had been living in the hotel.
The group got acquainted and by 1:00 AM, all three were seen leaving the Hilton in the attorney’s Porsche sedan. They soon arrived at a local gentleman’s club, where the driver was served one final drink. The group left by 2:45AM.
Ten minutes later, a neighbor reported hearing a sound similar to “a dumpster being smashed.” Investigators determined that speed was a contributing factor to the Porsche leaving the road and crashing into a canal.
Investigators say toxicology reports will take approximately eight to ten weeks to complete. They say if the driver was over served, the bars and bartenders may be haled accountable for the accident.
January 3rd, 2012|
January 3, 2012
More than sixty people will have their name and age placed on a website as being individuals who were arrested on DUI Charges over the New Years weekend in Tarrant County, Texas. According to NBCDFW 5 News, Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert says that Tarrant County is placing the names on the web for the whole world to see in an effort to deter people from driving drunk. He says if people believe their reputation could be effected if they are caught, they may be less likely to drink and drive.
Over the holiday weekend, extra officers from several different departments were on patrol to help deter and catch drunk drivers. Of the sixty individuals arrested on suspicion of DUI, thirty have been charged and had their names and ages listed on the site.
The holiday weekend was a “no refusal weekend,” which allowed officers to get warrants from judges very quickly to obtain breathe and blood samples from suspected drunk drivers who refuse to submit to testing.
Opponents to the “shaming” website say that listing names and ages will not, and has not, acted as a deterrent to drunk driving. They say in the six years the program has been around, there have consistently been 5,000 to 6,000 arrests in Tarrant County each year for DUI.
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