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Actress convicted of vehicular homicide in New Jersey

Posted on November 28th, 2012 No Comments

Former “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was convicted earlier this week of vehicular homicide after she fatally hit a car while she was intoxicated. When the 40 year-old actress was arrested in central New Jersey, her blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit. She initially was charged with aggravated manslaughter but was acquitted.

Before fatally injuring a 60 year-old female passenger and seriously hurting the driver, Locane-Bovenizer rear-ended an SUV and fled the scene. The driver of the SUV followed Locane-Bovenizer, knowing she was intoxicated. The driver pursued the actress, both of whom were going the speed limit, for about four miles before the deadly accident occurred. However, evidence shows that Locane-Bovenizer sped up before slamming into the car.

Witnesses who testified at the trial say that the actress had begun drinking at two different events that night. Many saw her drinking at a cast party before she left with her family to go to a barbeque, where she was also seen drinking. Locane-Bovenizer faces between five to ten years in prison for vehicular homicide and must serve 85 percent without the chance of parole. She also faces three to five years for injuring the driver of the car.

SAPD Announces Extra Patrol on Roads on Halloween

Posted on October 29th, 2012 No Comments

The San Antonio Police Department has announced that they will  be adding an additional 55 police officers to the roadway during this year’s Halloween celebration in order to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel to help keep everyone safe.

The additional police officers were on the streets beginning Friday evening because Halloween parties and celebration usually take place the weekend before if the holiday falls on a weekday.

Bexar County enforced the ‘No-Refusal’ initiative year round, but other Texas cities that do not enforce it all the time, may do it on heavy drinking weekends, such as this one. Staff from a local news station rode along with police officials in order to see the difference that extra patrols on the roadways made for residents in the area.

It was reported that the additional law enforcement agencies was “extremely beneficial” and gave police an extra eye to make sure that impaired drivers  do not take to the roadway. The police department stated that the extra enforcement was possible because of a grant that was given to them by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Drunk driving puts everyone on the roadway at risk. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, we know that compensation will not erase the affects of the accident, but it hopefully can help alleviate financially stress from you and your family. Contact the San Antonio drunk driving victims lawyers at Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers today.

Study shows less teens are drinking and driving in the U.S.

Posted on October 4th, 2012 No Comments

As shown by a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, less and less teenagers in the United States are operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages.

The CDC analyzed thousands of surveys that were completed by high school teenagers across the country. The teens who participated in the study were located in 41 different states. It was determined by the data that the percentage of these teens who drank and drove had declined by approximately 54 percent between 1991 and 2011.

In 1991, 22.3 percent of all of the teens surveyed claimed that they had participated in drinking and driving within 30 days of taking the survey. Two decades later, in 2011, the same survey was distributed to high school teens, and the results indicated that the percentage who chose to drink and drive had declined to 10.3 percent.

 

“No Refusal” campaign in place for Fourth of July holiday

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Over the Fourth of July in Texas, suspected drunk drivers will not be allowed to refuse breathalyzers or blood tests if they are pulled over.

This “No Refusal” campaign has been instituted to decrease the amount of drunk driving accidents over the Fourth of July holiday. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rate of alcohol-related car accident fatalities is the highest over this period. Last year in Texas, there were 308 deaths related to driving drunk on the Fourth of July.

Drivers who are pulled over this year will either have to consent to a breathalyzer test or a blood test. This added measure will be in place in order to deter individuals from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Officers across Texas have stated that the number of drunk driving fatalities has decreased in the years since the “No Refusal” program has been in place.

Please contact the reckless driving lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today if you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident that was caused by a drunk or reckless driver.

 

 

New Texas program launched in regards to drunk driving

Posted on June 28th, 2012 No Comments

Drunk driving accidents affect individuals who weren’t even present at the time of the collision. These accidents can destroy families, cause fatalities, and change the course of people’s lives.

In the state of Texas, 1,000 people die each year as a result of these alcohol-related crashes. This large number of fatalities makes Texas the most deadliest state in the nation in regards to drunk driving crashes.

The Department of Transportation has announced a new program that was designed to show how deep these accidents can go, and how important it is to make the right decisions behind the wheel. The program, “Faces of Drunk Driving,” reveals the struggles of drunk driving accident victims as they try to cope with everyday hardships after treacherous accidents.

If you have been injured or greatly affected by a drunk driving accident, please contact the drunk driving accident lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today.

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