After last year's Houston Chronicle investigation, "Out of Control," local law enforcements have responded with the establishment of a regional task force to better patrol the roads. The article identified that "more than 600 motorists, passengers and pedestrians die every year in traffic collisions often caused by drivers who are speeding, driving while intoxicated or distracted and often on poorly designed roads", ranking Houston roads among the nation's deadliest. The article also criticized local law enforcements for their lack of a comprehensive strategy to lower the number of traffic accidents, and even lowering the number of enforcements in certain regions where fatal accidents rose. However, Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzales is hopeful that the creation of the new task group which aims to crack down on traffic violations and unsafe drivers will help keep the roads safer for Houstonians. Sherriff Ed Gonzales stated that "we want to make sure we're visible and not just performing spot enforcement, and make it more sustainable."
Once again, police officers chasing a suspect who was evading arrest resulted in injuries to innocent motorists. Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night, October 21, 2018, police began to chase a suspect who refused to comply with a routine traffic stop. The chase started close to the intersection of York Street and Harrisburg Boulevard. The suspect fled in his white SUV towards downtown. Reaching Chartres Street near Texas Street, the suspect slammed into the rear of a Honda Civic, knocking it into the back of another vehicle. The crash was so hard that it ejected a woman from the Civic. Still trying to flee, the suspect then reversed, and in the process, he hit a truck and another vehicle. Shortly after that, the police apprehended him near the intersection of Texas and Bastrop streets. The suspect evidently was attempting to evade arrest for driving with a suspended license and because he was driving while intoxicated. He has now been charged with evading, DWI, failure to stop and render aid, and intoxication assault.
The Department of Transportation has released statistics about driving while intoxicated. In the Houston area, there was an increase from the year 2016 to 2017 in wrecks involving motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated. Thankfully, there was a decline in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Montgomery counties. Nevertheless, the data remain alarming.
A police officer for the City of Houston has been charged with driving while intoxicated with her young daughter in the car at the time. Cassandra Crosby, who is 36 years old, joined the Houston Police Department in 2008. Crosby, now out on bail, appeared in court on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Once again, a crash on the freeway has led to a death. And, once again, alcohol appears to have played a part.
Law enforcement authorities suspect that driving while intoxicated caused two recent crashes, one of which was fatal.
Though we aren't far into July, two local officials have already been charged with impaired driving this month in separate incidents.
Friends and family members are saddened by the death of a passenger who was killed in a wreck this past weekend involving an intoxicated driver. And the driver is facing felony charges.
Drunk driving collisions are often some of the most horrific car accidents, leaving the victim of the drunk driver's actions severely injured or dead. Much has been done to combat drunk driving over the years and much more must be done to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. If a person is injured by a drunk driver in a car accident, they have a direct claim against the drunk driver, their insurance, their business, and their property. However, when a drunk driver has no insurance and no meaningful assets to cover the victim's injuries, the victim must look for other avenues to obtain compensation for what the defendant has done to them.
Teenagers who have been drinking and subsequently decide to drive can pose a major threat to other drivers and themselves. Due to summer break, teens have extra time for fun activities and have more time on their hands than during the school semesters.