In the United States, there are over 121 million self-reported incidents of alcohol-impaired driving among adults in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention. And over 1 million people are arrested in the country each year for driving under the influence of alcohol. These kind of accidents are unfortunately a fairly […]
The popular ridesharing services Uber and Lyft have ceased operations within the city limits after the failure of Proposition 1 on the May 7th ballot. The failed proposition would have softened some city regulations, including mandatory fingerprint background checks for drivers. Both Lyft and Uber say that they will continue to fight for ridesharing in […]
Until recently, police were authorized to draw a driver’s blood without a warrant in suspected DUI cases. The blood results were then tested for levels of alcohol and for possible drug consumption. The United States Supreme Court recently reviewed this issue and determined that the police must be granted a warrant prior to drawing a […]
Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have been making headlines across the nation as friendly, convenient, and cost effective services that provide rides to customers at all hours of the day. However, not all experiences with these services have been positive. In recent months, the city of Austin has been reviewing these companies and […]
Everyone is familiar with the nationwide problem of drunk driving. However, driving under the influence of illegal and prescription drugs is a lesser-known form of impaired driving that contributes to many, if not more, automobile accidents each year. And just like drunk driving, drugged driving often leads to the serious injury or death of others.
With an increasing number of drivers on America’s roads, safety continues to be a primary concern. As decades of public service announcements regarding the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol appear to have done little to quell the alarmingly high number of car collisions attributable to this one cause alone, many are […]
After Austin experienced 102 traffic deaths in 2015, setting a new record, the city was included in the Vision Zero Focus Cities program, joining Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. Getting its start in Sweden in October of 1997, Vision Zero is a national traffic safety program that tries to reduce or completely eliminate traffic […]
With our large entertainment district and flourishing craft beer scene, it is not surprising that about 10% of all arrests in Austin are for public intoxication. The process of jailing intoxicated people, fingerprinting them, and having court hearings is lengthy and frustrating. The city also faces unsettling accusations of racism and homophobia, since some people […]
This time last year there were 9 pedestrians killed by motor vehicle accidents in Austin. This year, 22 have been killed. A spokesman for the Austin Police Department vehicular homicide division has stated that people “just aren’t paying attention in general.” Sometimes it’s the pedestrian. However, sometimes it’s a distracted or drunk driver.