Monthly Archives: April 2015

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

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, … Continue reading

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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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When is too young to start talking with your children about alcohol? Middle-School may be too late …

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Think 8 is too young to start talking to kids about alcohol? Kids start to develop perceptions about alcohol as young as 2nd and 3rd grades, and so that’s the time to start having the conversations. In a new survey released by MADD and Nationwide Insurance, about one-third of parents start talking about alcohol when their children are 14 to 18 years old, already in high school. But in fact, about 30 percent of 8th graders have already tried alcohol. Continue reading

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2 arrested at West Campus for assault during annual UT Austin frat event; 68 MIP tickets issued, 5 tickets for fake IDS

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April 1, 2015 – The Houston Chronicle — The University of Texas at Austin’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity caused a significant amount of trouble during last weekend’s annual Round Up, a weekend-long recruiting event where fraternities try to outdo each … Continue reading

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68 tickets issued for underage drinking in West Campus of UT by Austin Police during RoundUp weekend

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Austin Police issued 68 tickets for underage drinking in the West Campus during RoundUp last weekend. Officers of the Public Assembly Code Enforcement team, which works to reduce City Code violations, went to approximately 12 parties in West Campus (just west of the University of Texas campus) and shut down three of them. In order to focus on the issue of underage drinking, Trejo said his team only issued tickets to fraternities if it received multiple 911 calls about the noise. APD reported on 2 noise violation where tickets were issued. Continue reading

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