Texas Battles DWI Accidents


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Every week in cities and towns across Texas someone has been injured or killed by a drunk driver. In Houston this past weekend at least three people have died because of suspected drunken driving. The numbers are astounding and despite our authorities best efforts seem to be increasing.

Part of the problem is the history in Texas where only a few short years ago it was legal to drive with open containers in the vehicle. Many of our elected leaders actually opposed a law making open containers illegal for Texas drivers. The frontier mentality in Texas is one of our greatest assets but also can be a detriment when it comes to drinking and driving.

That is not to say that we have not had several very effective campaigns to educate drivers about the risks of drinking and driving such as “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” and “don’t ride drunk” or even “DWI you can’t afford it”. More statewide efforts are needed to highlight the risks and dangers of DWI. This is particularly true for our younger drivers who are moving into the mainstream on the highway.

Some cities have adopted policies such as the “no refusal we can” recently tested in Houston which has resulted in record numbers of arrests and an increased likelihood of conviction for drinking and driving. Unfortunately, the policy is very costly to implement and is only being used on high-profile weekends such as holidays when drinking is at a higher level than normal.

Individually we can educate our friends and family about the risks of drinking and driving and also make sure we lead by example and help monitor our family and friends. It does not take much to ask a friend for their keys and to drive them home. The life you save may be very dear to you.

Greg Baumgartner is a DWI accident lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with a drunk driving accident attorney call the Baumgartner firm.

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