DWI http://kut.org en Three Ways to Get Home Safely After Toasting Independence Day in Austin http://kut.org/post/three-ways-get-home-safely-after-toasting-independence-day-austin <p>The Austin Police Department will be monitoring the roads extra carefully this weekend, and enforcing a "no refusal" mandate; law enforcement will be able to quickly obtain a warrant to test the blood-alcohol level of any suspected drunk driver who objects to a Breathalyzer or blood test.</p><p>Fourth of July revelers who don’t think they’ll make fit drivers this weekend will have their pick of get-home-safe cards.</p><p>1. Capital Metro has some late-night options, including <a href="https://www.capmetro.org/news-item.aspx?id=3694">year-round Night Owl buses</a> that run until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Night Owl services travel five different routes between popular spots on 6th Street and city neighborhoods. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10736 at http://kut.org Three Ways to Get Home Safely After Toasting Independence Day in Austin After Latest Deaths, Austin Asks: How Can We Stop Drunk Driving? http://kut.org/post/after-latest-deaths-austin-asks-how-can-we-stop-drunk-driving <p>Nationwide, drunk driving <a href="http://responsibility.org/drunk-driving/drunk-driving-statistics">is on the decline</a> – but you wouldn't know it living in Austin. This spring, the city has seen several high-profile deaths attributable to drunk driving.</p><p>This weekend, Kelly Noel – a well-known music fan who ran the popular <a href="https://twitter.com/atxhipsters">ATXHispsters Twitter account</a> – was <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2014-04-28/elegy-for-an-invisible-hipster-kelly-wayne-noel/">killed by a drunk driver</a> downtown. (The account continues to auto-tweet the latest stories from Austin news outlets, including KUT.) And in March, Rashad Owens allegedly <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized">killed and injured South by Southwest attendees</a> when he accelerated into SXSW crowds while trying to evade police.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody" style="line-height: 1.5;">morning after the&nbsp;SXSW&nbsp;killings</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;</span>Acevedo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said “tragedy brings opportunity. It’s an opportunity for a gut check … it's a gut check for the people involved, it’s a gut check for this community.”</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147061409&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:15:22 +0000 Joy Diaz 10318 at http://kut.org After Latest Deaths, Austin Asks: How Can We Stop Drunk Driving? APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's http://kut.org/post/apd-stepping-drunk-driving-enforcement-new-years <p class="p1">Several law enforcement agencies across Central Texas will be on patrol looking for drunk drivers during the upcoming holiday. <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">The Austin Police Department </a>will start the <span class="s1">third phase of its safety initiative next week.</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:16:12 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9443 at http://kut.org APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's Despite Perry Veto, Travis County Bills State for Public Integrity Work http://kut.org/post/despite-perry-veto-travis-county-bills-state-public-integrity-work <p></p><p>Travis County is going to bill the State of Texas for some work done on the Public Integrity Unit. Travis County commissioners&nbsp;<a href="http://traviscountytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&amp;MeetingID=1363&amp;MinutesID=1326&amp;FileFormat=pdf&amp;Format=Minutes&amp;MediaFileFormat=wmv">approved the plan</a>&nbsp;Tuesday.</p><p>The Public Integrity Unit deals with white-collar crimes from across the state.&nbsp;It had been paid for with state funds, but&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/perry-veto-integrity-funds-unless-lehmberg-resigns">Gov. Rick Perry vetoed that money</a>&nbsp;when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;refused to resign after&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated</a>.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:53:52 +0000 Laura Rice 8890 at http://kut.org Despite Perry Veto, Travis County Bills State for Public Integrity Work 2013 Labor Day Lowdown: Water Rules, Road Closures, No Refusal & More http://kut.org/post/2013-labor-day-lowdown-water-rules-road-closures-no-refusal-more <p>Another Labor Day is here in Austin. Here’s a rundown of street closures, holiday schedules, rules for the road and more:</p><p><strong>Road Closures:</strong></p><p>Several downtown and South Austin streets are&nbsp;<a href="http://trirock.competitor.com/files/2012/04/TRTX_13_CourseMap.pdf">closed or partially-closed this morning</a>&nbsp;for a triathlon.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 14:05:36 +0000 Laura Rice 8584 at http://kut.org 2013 Labor Day Lowdown: Water Rules, Road Closures, No Refusal & More 55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend http://kut.org/post/55-blood-warrants-issued-over-austins-no-refusal-weekend <p>It was a long holiday weekend for Austin Police: &nbsp;APD made 99 arrests in an increased effort against drunk driving.</p><p>July 4<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span>through the morning of July&nbsp;7 marked a <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/apd-announces-%E2%80%9Cno-refusal%E2%80%9D-july-4th">no-refusal enforcement&nbsp;</a>for ​Austin Police.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">DWI suspects who refused a breath or blood test had to submit a blood sample under a search warrant. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">here were 55 warrants issued for blood samples over the weekend.</span></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:44:57 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8309 at http://kut.org 55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend No-Refusal Weekend on Austin Streets and Waters http://kut.org/post/no-refusal-weekend-austin-streets-and-waters <p>Austin police have a <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/term/no-refusal">no-refusal</a> period Memorial Day weekend targeting drunken driving and boating.</p><p>During no-refusal actions, officers can obtain blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to willingly provide a breath sample or cooperate with a blood test.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:07:03 +0000 Marissa Barnett & Trey Shaar 7859 at http://kut.org No-Refusal Weekend on Austin Streets and Waters Should Legal Blood Alcohol Limit Be Lowered? http://kut.org/post/should-legal-blood-alcohol-limit-be-lowered <p>The <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov">National Transportation Safety Board</a> is calling on states to toughen drunk driving laws, but Mothers Against Drunk Driving says there are better ways to fight drinking and driving.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/index.html">NTSB recommends</a> lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.05 percent from the current <a href="http://www.iihs.org/laws/dui.aspx">0.08 percent.</a></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:16:55 +0000 Trey Shaar 7735 at http://kut.org Should Legal Blood Alcohol Limit Be Lowered? DA Lehmberg Seeking Treatment Following DWI Jail Release http://kut.org/post/da-lehmberg-seeking-treatment-following-dwi-jail-release <div style="margin:0;"><p>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she is attending treatment for a brief time to “deal with the behavior” that led to her <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update" target="_blank">drunk driving arrest</a>.</p><p>Lehmberg <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/da-lehmberg-released-jail-morning-update" target="_blank">served half of a 45-day jail sentence</a> after pleading <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0" target="_blank">guilty to a DWI charge</a> last month.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:12:07 +0000 Laura Rice 7720 at http://kut.org DA Lehmberg Seeking Treatment Following DWI Jail Release Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held http://kut.org/post/another-dwi-case-dps-official-held <p>Austin has had another high-profile DWI arrest.</p><p>Texas Department of Public Safety official Richard Hooks was arrested early this morning and booked into the Travis County Jail.</p><p>Hooks is the Capital-area regional coordinator for the <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/">Texas Division of Emergency Management</a>.</p><p>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is serving a 45-day sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.</p><p>In March, state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was arrested for DWI after a collision.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 7598 at http://kut.org Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-issues-public-apology-drunk-driving <p>District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg released a public apology on <a href="http://rosemarylehmberg.com">her website</a> over the weekend.</p><p>She offers her "deepest regret and most sincere apology" for the April 12 drunk driving incident which <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update">led to her arrest</a> and <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">subsequent guilty plea</a>. Lehmberg announced on her <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryLehmberg">Facebook page</a> that she had posted the letter, calling it the "<span class="userContent">only form of communication available to [her] at this time."</span> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:24:18 +0000 Austin Feldman 7536 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving State Lawmaker Wants Travis County DA to Resign http://kut.org/post/state-lawmaker-wants-travis-county-da-resign <p>A state lawmaker is calling for the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s serving <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">a 45-day sentence </a>in the county jail after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.</p><p>State Representative <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/phil-king/">Phil King</a>, R-Weatherford, says if Lehmberg doesn’t resign, the state’s Public Integrity Unit should be moved from her office to the Texas Attorney General’s. The unit investigates corruption by lawmakers.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:19:51 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Veronica Zaragovia 7533 at http://kut.org State Lawmaker Wants Travis County DA to Resign Travis County DA Lehmberg Pleads Guilty, Gets 45 Jail Days http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0 <p>Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty this morning to a Class A misdemeanor for drunk driving.</p><p>She was<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update"> arrested last Friday night</a> after she was reportedly driving erratically. Travis County Sheriff’s officers say they found an open bottle of vodka in her car. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:03:42 +0000 Joy Diaz 7424 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Lehmberg Pleads Guilty, Gets 45 Jail Days APD Announces End to Warrantless Blood Draws http://kut.org/post/apd-announces-end-warrantless-blood-draws <p></p><p>The Austin Police Chief is ordering &nbsp;officers to stop getting warrantless blood draws from drunk driving suspects. The policy change&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">comes after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/17/177666177/supreme-court-backs-warrants-for-blood-tests-in-dui-cases">a ruling Wednesday from the U.S. Supreme Court</a> that police in most cases must try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests.</span></p><p></p><p>Texas Law allows a warrantless blood draws in certain cases, but Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is calling on his officers to stop doing that, at least for the time being.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:04:08 +0000 Trey Shaar & Bobby Blanchard 7403 at http://kut.org APD Announces End to Warrantless Blood Draws Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication' http://kut.org/post/report-suit-seeks-sink-travis-co-da-over-intoxication <p></p><p>An Austin citizen has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;from office, arguing that <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update">her recent&nbsp;DWI&nbsp;arrest</a> provides grounds for removal.</p><p><a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/news/2013-04-17/lawsuit-seeks-lehmbergs-removal-from-office/">The&nbsp;<em>Austin Chronicle</em>&nbsp;reports</a>&nbsp;that the lawsuit, brought by local attorney Kerry O'Brien, seeks to have&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;temporarily removed from office until a verdict is reached in her&nbsp;DWI&nbsp;arrest. That verdict should come easily, as&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;has penned a letter pleading guilty “without any request for leniency or consideration of any type.”</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:25:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar 7389 at http://kut.org Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication' Travis County DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Update) http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-arrested-drunk-driving-update <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she will plead guilty to a DWI charge and will accept whatever punishment is handed down.</p><p>Lehmberg sent the following letter to County Attorney David Escamilla over the weekend:</p><blockquote><p>To: Mr. David &nbsp;Escamilla and the Judge of any Court of Jurisdiction</p><p>From: Rosemary Lehmberg</p><p>Date: April 14, 2013&nbsp;</p><p>Please accept this as my Plea of Guilt to the Charge of Driving While Intoxicated, arising from my arrest on 4/12/13, for whatever level of offense is determined to be justified by the facts. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:21:47 +0000 Matt Largey & Laura Rice 7354 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Update) Getting Tougher on Failure to Stop After Accident http://kut.org/post/getting-tougher-failure-stop-after-accident <p>Texas lawmakers are looking to take away the incentive for a driver leaving the scene of a crash when that driver is intoxicated.</p><p>Under current Texas Law, there’s an incentive to run away and sober up, because there’s a stiffer penalty for intoxication manslaughter than for failure to stop and render aid, even when the victim dies.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:39:08 +0000 Trey Shaar 7194 at http://kut.org Getting Tougher on Failure to Stop After Accident Burnet County Aims for Faster DWI Blood Tests http://kut.org/post/burnet-county-aims-faster-dwi-blood-tests <p>Drunk driving suspects in Burnet County who refuse a breath test will have a blood sample taken within an hour, if a new round-the-clock blood sampling process in Burnet County works as planned.</p><p>The process, announced today by a group of prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, means police won’t have to go to the jail, get a warrant and go to a hospital for a blood draw.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:34:55 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7113 at http://kut.org Burnet County Aims for Faster DWI Blood Tests DPS Stepping Up Patrols for Spring Break http://kut.org/post/dps-stepping-patrols-spring-break <p></p><p>The Texas Department of Public Safety is <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr030413.htm">increasing patrols </a>March 8-17 for Spring Break.</p><p>More DPS troopers will be on the roads watching for speeders, seat belt violations and especially drunk drivers.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:42:14 +0000 Trey Shaar 6820 at http://kut.org DPS Stepping Up Patrols for Spring Break Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests? http://kut.org/post/can-police-draw-dwi-suspects-blood-without-warrant The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a drunken driving suspect to have his blood drawn.<p>The court has long held that search warrants are ordinarily required when government officials order intrusions into the body — intrusions like drawing blood from an unwilling individual. The court has reasoned that such intrusions amount to a bodily search and thus are covered by the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:25:10 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 6116 at http://kut.org Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests?