Although cars and trucks now come with more safety features than ever, more people are dying on our nation's roadways. In the first six months of 2016, there have been almost 18,000 deaths. That number represents a 10.4 percent increase over the same time period in 2015. Sadly, traffic fatalities also increased from 2014 to 2015.
Eight-year-old Abdallah Khader of Arlington, Texas, died last Sunday morning. Abdallah had been in a near vegetative state for nearly six years since being brain damaged in a 2009 crash with a drunk driver, nearly brain-dead, strapped to a chair, and frequently suffering from pneumonia which necessitated the use of oxygen. The immediate cause of death has not been published, but it had been expected for some time that the child would ultimately die of lung failure.
Drunk driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very prevalent problem in Houston. A DWI is defined as a person over the age of 21, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. If you are below that age of 21, driving with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system constitutes a DWI. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County suffered 2,809 alcohol related vehicle accents in 2012. Harris County and the City of Houston ranked number 1 in the State of Texas for alcohol-related vehicle accidents.
The South by Southwest Music Festival brings thousands to the Texas capital every March. People get together to celebrate music, the arts, and film. Known as SXSW, this annual festival started in 1987 and has grown exponentially every year since its inception 27 years ago.
A Pennsylvania survey attempting to measure drunk driving has been embroiled in a lawsuit. But, what's interesting are statistics that that have emerged during the process about driving while intoxicated or impaired.
Every Valentine's Day couples make wonderful memories sharing in the great holiday of love. The experience of sharing a meal and an evening out on the town is typically a safe and fun activity. The night for many can involve the start of new relationships or the continuation of an old one. For some though, the night can end in tragedy due to the irresponsible decisions of others.
According to various news accounts, the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash three days ago was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
On Monday, Carolyn Beck, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), confirmed that the TABC is investigating a nightclub where Dallas Cowboys football players may have been drinking before the one-vehicle car accident in which Cowboys player Jerry Brown Jr. died. The accident occurred early Saturday morning when a vehicle in which Brown was a passenger rolled over and caught fire near State Highway 114 and Loop 12. Brown was transported to a Dallas hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later. According to police reports, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle, Josh Brent, was the driver of the vehicle in question. Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.