Drinking and driving rate among high school teens cut in half in past 20 years

In the past two decades, the number of teenagers who have gotten behind the wheel after consuming alcohol has been cut in half.

Federal officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study on the topic and released the findings last week.

Researchers found that in 1991, 22.3% of high school students age 16 or older admitted to drinking and driving sometime in the past 30 days. When the same study was conducted in 2011, this number decreased to 10.3% of high school students.

Officials with the CDC have stated that this large decrease may be because many states have tightened their drunk driving laws and further driving restrictions have been put on teenagers when they first receive their licenses. For example, the hours during which teens can drive at night have been limited.

If you are underage and have been charged with youth drunk driving, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today.

Austin police arrest 95 during Labor Day ‘No Refusal’ initiative

Police in Austin, Texas, announced that they arrested 95 people during Labor Day’s drunk driving crackdown. Ninety-four people were arrested for suspected DWI charges, and one was arrested for suspected DUI charges.

Over the weekend, police collected 33 breath samples and conducted blood draws from 61 people as part of the “No Refusal” weekend.

Results from the breathalyzer tests showed that 18 of the people arrested had blood alcohol levels between 0.15 and 0.23, which exceeds the legal driving limit of. 08.

If you or a loved one has been the charged with a serious crime, you need knowledgeable representation on your side during this time. Contact the Dallas DWI lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007.

Jason Kidd, former Dallas Mavericks basketball player, arrested for drunk driving

Former Dallas Mavericks basketball player and current New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he was in a car accident that occurred in the Hamptons over the weekend.

According to local police officials, Kidd crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole after veering off the side of the road just after 2 a.m. in Water Mill.

Sources close to Kidd have stated that he was returning from a charity event when the collision occurred. He has been charged and arraigned on driving while intoxicated charges but has pleaded not guilty. Kidd may face up to one year in jail if found guilty of the charge.

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‘Lost’ star, Matthew Fox, arrested for driving drunk

Actor Matthew Fox has had another run-in with the law after he was arrested in Oregon on Friday for drunk driving.

The 45-year-old ‘Lost’ actor was pulled over after police noticed that Fox was having trouble staying in his lane and failed to use his turn signal.

Police noticed that he showed signs of impairment and he was arrested and booked into county jail. He was later released and is expected back in court in the middle of next month.

Drunk driving charges are very serious and they can cause much stress for a person. This is why it is particulary important for you have legal representation on your side if you are charged with a DWI. Contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 and discussing your case.

Dallas police make three separate DWI arrests in same place

Dallas police made three separate DWI arrests while investigating an accident on late Monday night.

According to officials involved in the arrests, the incident began at 11:40 p.m. when a 24-year-old man struck another vehicle while on the northbound lanes of the North Central Expressway.

The man was suspected of drunk driving, but before police could make an arrest, a second car struck the back of the stopped patrol car.

Just over an hour later, the police man whose patrol car was struck, spotted another suspected drunk driver and he was also arrested. Neither police officer was injured in the accident.

If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, you need representation on your side that can help you during this stressful time. Contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Man killed in Grand Prairie DWI crash

A 33-year-old man was killed as a result of drunk driving crash that occurred off of Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie.

According to officials, the accident occurred as the Arlington man was traveling westbound down the interstate when his vehicle began to drift off the side of the road and he struck a construction warning sign before hitting the back of a sport utility vehicle that was on the side of the road.

Police are currently still investigating the cause of the crash and determining whether or not alcohol was a factor. The man was taken to Dallas Medical Center after the accident where he was later pronounced dead.


Officer charged with DWI after early morning crash

A Dallas police officer has been arrested and charged with drunk driving after he crashed his vehicle while off-duty over the weekend.

According to officials involved in the case, the officer was taken into custody shortly after police arrived at the scene of the crash.

The accident occurred just after 3 a.m. at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Lemmon Avenue.  The officer, four-year veteran of the police force, has been put on administrative leave while the investigation into the arrest is pending.

Drunk driving charges can effect your life in many ways. If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime,  you need representation that will assist you through this stressful time. Contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Dallas sees decrease in New Year’s DWI arrest

Police have announced that the number of drunk driving arrests in Dallas decreased during this year’s patrol.

This year, there were 31 arrests, which is three less than the New Year’s weekend last year. Police also stated that there was an increase in the number of people that voluntary used the breathalyzer test.

The holiday was a no refusal weekend, meaning police could obtain a search warrant for a blood sample if the person refused a test. Police obtained six search warrants this year, compared to 1o last year.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime such as drunk driving, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling  214-845-7007 today.

List of largest cities with highest DUI numbers released

The list of the largest cities in the U.S. that have the highest rate of arrests for driving under the influence, has been released.

The top 10 cities (in random order) are Columbus, Fort Worth, San Diego, San Jose, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Charlotte and San Diego.

This is a serious charge especially when considering that nearly 11,000 of all fatal car accidents last year had a driver with the blood alcohol level over the legal driving limit. These rankings are from DUI charges between Oct. 31, 2010 and Nov. 2011.

The holiday season is popular time for parties and gatherings that may have alcohol at them and this also means that additional highway patrol will be on the roadway. If you or a loved one has been pulled over and charged with drunk driving, contact the DWI defense in Dallas  lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007.

More Texas cities require blood test in DWI arrest

More cities and counties in Texas are using the ‘no refusal’ blood test policy in order to measure a person’s blood alcohol level while driving if they refuse a breathalyzer

This idea was only used in a few cities at first, but has now spread to an initiative that is now used in many places statewide. The policy is usually put into place during holiday weekends when heavy alcohol consumption is expected.

Although, the initiative is even spreading to other states, it is still rather controversial. Criminal defense lawyers across the state feel that it violates the rights of citizens and is an unreasonable search and seizure procedure.

During the July 4 holiday weekend, over 500 police agencies  statewide put the ‘no refusal’ policy into affect. Bexar County recently made the mandatory blood draw a permanent policy.

If you or a loved one has been charged of a serious crime such as drink driving, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

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