Austin police chief speak of record fatality crashes; encourages parents to warn children of drinking and driving

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After lastest DWI crash on local streets, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is asking parents to talk with their children to not only discourage them from drinking and driving, but to also explain the dangers of getting in a car with a drunk driver. He encouraged people to call the police if they see bartenders over-serving customers and if they see drunk drivers on the road. Continue reading

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Underage drinking a “huge problem” in downtown, say Austin police; now cops are investigating if 20-year-old murder suspect may have been served alcohol on 4th Street

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Bryan Canchola is already in a lot of trouble. The 20 year old is accused of murdering his teenage boyfriend — Stephen Sylvester — after a night out on the town. “Obviously there was a homicide and it could’ve involved drinking at this time we’re waiting on the findings of APD to determine if an investigation into any establishments downtown are warranted,” said Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spokesman Chris Porter.

Shortly before the deadly altercation, murder suspect Brian Canchola, 20, said he and his roommate, 18-year old Stephen Sylvester had been out on 4th Street in downtown Austin drinking all night. Now Austin Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents are investigating if underage drinking may have played a role in the incident. Austin Police say they have underage drinking is a “huge problem” downtown. Continue reading

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Austin Police new initiative targets Sixth Street bars that over-serve drinkers leading to DWIs, binge drinking, assaults and violence

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Austin police said they have seen an increase in overly-intoxicated people, which leads to disturbances and DWI crashes and binge drinking. And the trend has Austin police searching for a way to change drinkers’ behavior.The operation even found that some bars promote excessive drinking, which authorities said they will not put up with. That is why Austin Police Department launched Operation Over-serve. Continue reading

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Austin Police target Downtown Austin bars, liquor stores that overserve alcohol to patrons and underage drinkers

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Austin Police have increased their targeting of bars and liquor stores they suspect are overserving alcohol and providing alcohol to underage drinkers in downtown Austin. Hundreds of people visit Sixth Street every weekend to have fun, but lately police officers have noticed many of them are becoming victims of crime as the bars are closing. After a spike in robberies, assaults and even sexual assaults in recent weeks, investigators found that many victims as well as offenders were overly intoxicated with alcohol. Continue reading

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Austin teen charged with manslaughter after fatal collision; 19-year old driver kills 43-year old female in East Austin

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Austin police have charged 19-year-old Victor Manuel Ontiveros-Flores with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a fatal collision early Sunday morning that claimed the life of 43-year-old Kimberly Faye Green. Police said Ontiveros-Flores, 19, was drunk when he drove his 2008 … Continue reading

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Preventing Your Teen from Using Drugs: It’s All About Persuasion

“Prevention is all about persuasion.  I heard this nugget of wisdom at a training seminar for prevention professionals. It represents a paradigm shift in the way substance abuse professionals approach prevention – one that has been supported by years of … Continue reading

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Austin Police Chief Acevedo wants to crack down on “overserving” of alcohol at downtown Sixth Street bars

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Is Austin alcohol problem related to bars “over-serving” of alcohol? Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says, “If you’re over serving and being irresponsible we are going to identify that fact and we’re developing every legal strategy to hold you accountable,” added Acevedo. Acevedo calls it a multi-layered approach to solving Austin’s alcohol problem. Austin’s top cop is fed up with what he sees as an overserving issue at many bars on 6th Street. “Well we all know the consumption of alcohol and the over consumption of alcohol and or drugs or both people make poor choices,” the APD Chief said during a recent news conference. Continue reading

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New SAMHSA report shows steady decline in underage drinking from ’02 to ’13; yet still 8 million underage drinkers

New SAMHSA report shows that level of current underage drinking among those aged 12 to 20 decreased from 28.8 percent in 2002 to 22.7 percent in 2013. Likewise, the level of current underage binge drinking also declined from 19.3 percent in 2002 to 14.2 percent in 2013. “When parents communicate clear expectations and they are supported by community efforts to prevent underage drinking, we can make a difference,” said Frances M. Harding, SAMHSA official. Continue reading

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Austin Could See Triple-Digit Traffic Fatalities in 2015

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Austin is seeing a concerning spike in the number of traffic fatalities in 2015. So far there have been 42 traffic fatalities. That’s nearly twice the 27 fatalities there were as of June 1, 2014. What the city is experiencing right now should be considered a public health crisis, spokesman says. Continue reading

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School is out soon; time for parents to plan safe and healthy summer for teens by preventing underage drinking

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School will be out soon and time for summer vacation. The Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council (GAUDPC) reminds youth and parents to take time to sit down and talk about underage drinking risks that may result from extra free time and lack of school or parental supervision. Summertime is a time for make friends, fun activities and more free time. However, poor choices made by teens mixing in peer pressure and availability of alcohol can derail a teen’s life in many ways. Continue reading

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How Texas College Students Are Using Yoga And Tailgating To Stay Sober; UT Austin’s Center for Students in Recovery

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UT Austin has invested over the past decade in expanding services for students in recovery as part of a growing movement on college campuses nationwide. UT Austin began its Center for Students For Recovery, or CSR, in 2004. The program isn’t designed to get students sober — there are other treatment options for that. Rather, these programs are geared toward students who have sought and received treatment, and who may now need help staying sober, focusing on their studies and finding the social support they need to thrive in college and beyond. They provide a support group for addicts dealing with the unique pressures of student life that other, more generalized 12-step programs aren’t necessarily set up to address. Continue reading

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72 fake IDs found, minors ticketed as undercover Austin Police checking for fake IDs in downtown Austin

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An undercover sting involving APD and the TABC in downtown Austin ended with approximately 72 people cited on Thursday night alone. Officers stand next to bouncers to check IDs that appear to be false. The officer will then identify himself if the ID is fake, and ask the person how old they are. If someone admits they are underage, they are escorted to a central citation area off Sixth Street and receive a Class C Misdemeanor ticket. If someone continues to lie about their age and the ID is proven to be false, officers can then issue a ticket for Failure to Identify, a Class B Misdemeanor. The overall goal is to keep roads safer and cut down on crime. Continue reading

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Banning alcohol to deal with fraternity misconduct; better grades, fewer insurance claims

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Studies over the years have shown that fraternity members are more likely to drink and have alcohol-related problems than non-frat peers. So could a ban on alcohol policy at a fraternity be a good idea? One fraternity thought so. Phi Delta Theta, has found a way to significantly reduce the number of incidents among its members: banning alcohol. Fraternity saw average GPA of its students rose from 2.7 to 3.1 Continue reading

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Austin man charged with intoxicated manslaughter following deadly wrong-way crash in Parmer Lane

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A wrong-way wreck on East Parmer Lane over the weekend left one driver dead and another charged with intoxication manslaughter. Police say Herman Choc, 30, had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 — well above the 0.08 legal … Continue reading

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Austin Police ticket 120 for using Fake IDs in downtown Austin to enter bars and clubs; 2 arrested for forgery

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We applaud APD in their effort to reduce underage drinking in Downtown Austin. In past months APD ticketed over 120 minors attempting to us fake IDs to enter bars/clubs in the entertainment district intending to drink alcohol beverages. The APD unit received confidential information about a subject living near the UT campus that was manufacturing counterfeit identification cards from different states and selling them to students or anyone willing to spend $60 – $200. The Texas Department of Public Safety assisted during this operation. Both subjects have been charged with Forgery, a 3rd Degree Felony having reported manufactured and sold hundreds of fictitious state identification cards across the state. Continue reading

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DWI March for Change at Capitol – April 2015

APD Chief Acevedo at DWI March 2015

APD Chief Acevedo at DWI March 2015

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo hugs Deborah Tatum, whose son Greggory Tiemann was killed by a drunk driver in 2013, at the DWI March for Change at the Capitol on Friday April 17, 2015. Scores of people, including DWI survivors, traffic safety advocates, law enforcement officers and family members of those killed in DWI crashes marched silently around the Capitol to remember those who have been killed by drunk drivers.

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Local family dealing with death of their 20-year-old daughter following drunk driving crash in North Austin

April 17, 2015 – AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin family is coping with their daughter’s death after she died Sunday night in a crash involving a 26-year-old man who was charged with intoxication manslaughter. Police says Shawn Amende ran a red … Continue reading

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Austin’s Kathie Tovo writes that underage drinking is not part of city’s lifestyle; encourages parents to talk to their children about dangers & consequences of underage drinking

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By Kathie Tovo — “For those of us who live in Austin and for many who visit, Austin has a lot to offer – live music, great outdoor entertainment and plenty of trails and parks to enjoy with our families. However, Austin is also quickly earning a reputation as a city where alcohol is plentiful and easily accessible at many of the events hosted here. But are we sending the right message to our children — that ours is a culture that includes underage drinking as a part of our city’s lifestyle? As a public servant who loves this city and as Austin’s mayor pro tem, I truly hope not.” Continue reading

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Letting children taste alcohol promotes binge drinking later; 4 times greater chance of drinking by high school

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Children who taste alcohol before sixth grade may be more likely to drink, and get drunk, by the time they began high school. These early sippers were also four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink by their first semester of high school compared with their peers who abstained. According to the study by the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University in Providence, many of the kids in the study reported that their parents were the source of alcohol. Continue reading

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Are alcohol taxes too low? University of Florida study says yes – adding that raising alcohol tax would enhance public safety

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University of Florida researchers concluded: “higher alcohol taxes save lives.” Federal policymakers might want to consider this fact as they search for more palatable sources of revenue in the coming years. Researchers crunched these numbers along with federal traffic statistics, they found that even these modest price increases were enough to cause a significant drop in drunk driving fatalities. From a public health perspective, alcohol taxes are important. “Quite simply, alcohol taxation and other measures that increase the price of ethanol are effective in promoting the public health and safety, ” writes another Duke researcher. Continue reading

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