Texas motorists who have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles may be less likely to cause a fatal drunk driving accident. According to a study that appeared in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine", fatal crashes in which at least one driver had a blood alcohol content over the limit were reduced 7 percent when mandatory interlock laws were in place. It is estimated that around 1,250 lives have been saved since 1993.
In Texas, as in many other states, it is illegal for you to drink and drive if you are under the age of 21. The state uses your blood alcohol concentration level to determine if you are driving while intoxicated. If there is any amount of alcohol in your system that can be detected, you could be charged with DWI. You will also run afoul of the law if you are found to have an open can of beer or bottle of alcohol on the passenger seat of your car. In short, alcohol and driving do not mix, and if you think otherwise, you could be in for some serious legal difficulties.
Lawmakers in Texas passed a medical marijuana bill in 2016, but the recreational use of the drug remains illegal in the state. States including California, Colorado and Washington have approved recreational marijuana use, presenting law enforcement agencies across the country with a serious challenge. While field sobriety, breath and blood tests are scientifically proven ways to detect alcohol impairment, there is currently no reliable method police can use to determine whether an individual is under the influence of marijuana.
If there is one device or object that has become synonymous in people's minds with driving under the influence, it is likely to be the portable breath testing device. These hand-held units have become almost ubiquitous for law enforcement, along with their larger and more rigorous counterparts housed in police stations around the country. As more data is gathered on their operation and use, it's becoming apparent that they are not as accurate as was once believed.
Texas motorists may find it interesting to learn that the U.S. drunk driving rate fell to a 13-year low in 2014, according to statistics released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Meanwhile, the number of people driving while under the influence of drugs also dipped slightly.
Texas NFL fans may have read that Michael Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals after being charged with DUI. The 27-year-old receiver was cut by the team less than 48 hours after being taken into custody during the early morning hours of Dec. 12. Floyd faces a two-game suspension should he be picked up by another team in addition to any criminal sanctions handed down.
Drivers in Texas and around the country who are taken into custody and charged with their first DUI may face serious penalties. Depending on a driver's blood alcohol content when he or she is pulled over, an individual may serve time in jail or be required to perform community service. While a first DUI charge is usually a misdemeanor offense, it could be a felony if there were aggravating circumstances.
Most Texans are likely aware of the many states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. The legalization of marijuana in those states has led to questions about how to properly test for it when a person is driving.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal for good reason: It's dangerous. Alcohol and drugs can impair your judgment and reaction times, often resulting in accidents. For this reason, police and highway patrol officers are always on the lookout for drivers who might be under the influence. If you get pulled over and arrested, you could be in very big trouble, and you must be careful about how you act and what you say. If you're not, you could destroy any hope you had of winning your case in court.
According to law enforcement authorities with the El Paso Police Department, a 35-year-old man who possessed cocaine reportedly tried to take a police officer's Taser during an arrest. The incident happened following a traffic stop on Oct. 21 at 2 a.m.