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Driving after drinking can lead to DUI/DWI in Texas

When people travel the roads here in Texas, they assume that everyone that is on the roadway is driving safely. For some drivers, that is not the case. Drivers can be under the influence of medication, alcohol, drugs or even suffering from illness. Police must perform tests to determine if a suspect is driving under the influence before charging the driver with DUI/DWI. This is what occurred recently on a warm late-spring morning in Athens-Clark County.

According to a report, a young woman was driving on a Texas highway when police became aware that she was driving erratically. In addition, the driver ran through a traffic light that had turned red. Because of this activity, police decided to make a traffic stop. When they approached the vehicle after it came to a stop, they began to suspect that the driver had been drinking.

How car accidents can cause traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury may occur as a result of the kind of head trauma many car accidents cause. In many crashes, drivers and passengers travel at a high speed and come to a sudden halt. In addition to the likelihood of hitting your head on a hard surface, the sudden cessation of motion can cause the brain to bump violently against the skull, which may also result in damage.

Severe TBI symptoms generally follow a prolonged period of unconsciousness or amnesia and often surface within hours of the accident. These symptoms tend to be hard to miss, as they include dramatic impairment of physical or cognitive function and may even segue into a coma.

Governor Abbott signs 'second chances bill'

Ask anyone who has previously been convicted of a relatively low-level offense about the impact it has had on their lives and you might be surprised. Indeed, the unfortunate reality for many of these people is that despite paying their debt to society, they continue to be punished for their one-time mistake in judgment, facing everything from diminished employment prospects to limited housing opportunities.

As disconcerting as this reality is, the good news is that it has not gone unnoticed by state lawmakers, who passed "the second chances bill" during the recent legislative session. This measure, known as HB 3016 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this week.

Could SUVs be targeted by self-driving cars?

One of the appeals of driving a sport utility vehicle (SUV) is the relative safety that comes with driving a larger vehicle. Essentially, if an SUV and a compact car are in an accident, chances are that the occupants in the SUV will not be harmed as badly compared to the passengers in the compact car. Since the SUV is larger, it is more likely that it will better equipped to absorb the impact of a crash.

As safety features are being developed in self-driving cars, crash optimization is becoming an important consideration. Essentially, cars are being programmed to minimize the risk of harm to occupants of a car, as well as people surrounding it. So as a car uses radar and other sensors to constantly scan its surroundings and talk to other vehicles, it may have the capability to make split second decisions to protect against catastrophic accidents. This may mean that a car could be programmed to crash into an SUV as opposed to a subcompact car in order optimize a crash.

Illicitly fatigued truck driver caused Georgetown incident

A truck driver going through Georgetown from San Antonio caused a traffic back-up when a large concrete beam fell off his trailer. Authorities later found that the driver was not properly keeping records in his logs or obeying time rules. While no injuries were reported, this local incident is an example of how a negligent truck driver can cause a dangerous situation.

There are strict regulations for commercial truck drivers to promote the safety of everyone on the road. Incidents such as the one in Georgetown show why these rules are so important. 

How social media can hurt your DUI case

Some New Braunfels college students who drink and drive like to make light of their situations, especially if law enforcement catches them; it is, in fact, a way to cope with getting into trouble. Unfortunately, many of them turn to Facebook, Instagram and other outlets that can create even more problems. 

Many people feel a false sense of security when it comes to social media. They make posts and share pictures and videos about their actions online, not knowing that anything they share can become evidence against them. DUIs may seem like they are glamorous and easy charges to beat on television; in real life, they are not.

What to Do at a Texas DWI Checkpoint

Being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint is a major source of anxiety for many drivers. Regardless of whether or not you have been drinking, the process of being stopped at a roadblock, questioned by the police, and possibly being subjected to further interrogation can be an unsettling experience - especially if the police should have reason to suspect that you are guilty of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure your rights are protected and reduce your chances of winding up in the back of a squad car.

I've Been Falsely Accused of Child Molestation - What Do I Do?

One of the worst things that can happen to a person is to be falsely accused of a crime they did not commit - especially one as serious as child molestation. Texas child sexual molestation laws are some of the strictest in the country and can expose a person to incredibly harsh penalties upon conviction, including a lengthy prison sentence and the possibility of being required to register as a sex offender for life. Unfortunately, many allegations of child molestation are either deliberately false accusations by a child or are the result of simple misunderstandings, causing parents, teachers, babysitters, and other accused parties to be placed under serious legal scrutiny.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

When you arrive at the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, you do so with some level of certainty that they will be properly cared for. No spouse, child, or grandchild would voluntarily place their loved one in a nursing home with the threat of potential abuse. If you suspect your loved one is being abused, be sure to take immediate action. Three common types of nursing home abuse are listed below.

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