A Texas man convicted on Sept. 25 of his third drunk driving offense since 2004 decided to let the jury hearing his case determine his fate. This is a decision he is likely to regret. A Galveston County jury could have sentenced the man to 25 years in prison, but they chose to hand down a life sentence instead. The man will become eligible for parole after he has served 15 years of his sentence, according to the Galveston District Attorney's Office.
Texas was the scene of thousands of drunk driving accidents in 2016 according to data from the state's Department of Transportation, which is a concern for lawmakers, police departments, and road safety advocates. Researchers from the auto insurance company ValuePenguin decided to take a closer look at these statistics, and they found that some Texas cities and counties were far safer than others. They came to this conclusion after comparing the number of drunk driving fatalities in each county with overall population figures.
According to a study, Uber may play a role in cutting down on drunk driving deaths. However, the effect that Uber may have in reducing these numbers may not be the same in all places. Researchers used crash data from 2013 to 2016 in four cities including San Antonio, Texas. Crash data was then referenced against the availability of Uber in the cities being studied.
If you leave El Paso on Interstate 10 East and drive straight through, you won't arrive in Tom Bean, Texas, for about 10 hours. The small town of about 1,000 outside of Dallas lists no recent news of any kind on its website, though recent developments there might prompt a change.