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Archive for March, 2011

Is Jail on Your List of Spring Break Destinations?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Spring Break. Those two words conjure up different images, depending on your age. If your definition of the term translates into massive drinking, wild abandon and reckless behavior, take a minute to glimpse your future. I’m not saying that you should miss out on all the fun, but if you drink and drive in Texas, the consequences will last long after that lingering headache subsides and your final vacation moment sits in framed photograph.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be in full force during Spring Break, March 12-20, 2011. They’ll be increase patrolling especially during hours when drunk driving incidents occur. Get the details here.

While sleeping on hard floors, consuming bad food, and bunking with questionable roommates could occur on both a Spring Break trip and a jail visit, the latter doesn’t usually rank high on Spring Breakers fun places to visit. If you’re charged with drunk driving, some souvenirs for obtaining a 0.8 blood alcohol level (BAC) and your first DWI conviction include a Class B misdemeanor on your record, fines up to $2,000, a $1,000 surcharge for three years to keep your license, up to six months in jail, a possible suspended driver’s license for one year, education classes, at least 24 hours of community service and higher insurance premiums.

So, if your Spring Break plans include a little debauchery, plan ahead with a designated driver. Your foresight will save you time, energy and money. And make for much better memories.

Stop! You’re on Candid Camera.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Speed cameras have popped up sporadically throughout Texas, giving the ‘Big Brother is Watching You’ saying a whole new meaning. But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is not interested in seeing these automatic devices in Texas, and recently denied the City of Plano’s request for their police officers to use handheld laser speed guns equipped with cameras and GPS devices because of a Texas law which bans such devices. Abbott sited the Transportation Code, which prohibits the use of automated devices to gather evidence before initiating a traffic stop. (Plano was not as interested in mailing citations as gathering additional evidence during a conventional traffic stop for later use in court.)

Abbott says no.

State Representative Vicki Truitt (R-Southlake) argued that these automatic devices can’t discern extenuating circumstances, or request proof of registration from the driver. If the car’s owner is not the driver, the unaware owner could easily find himself in court for a violation that someone else caused.

Additionally, laser guns have shown ‘wild errors,’ (also used in the United Kingdom) clocking a parked car at 22 MPH and a slow-moving bicycle at 66 MPH. Reading problems seem to occur when the laser beam slips from one portion of a vehicle to another, such as from the windshield to the grill.

Read the whole story here.