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UT’s Expunction Project gives pro bono help for criminal record cleanup, restoring reputation

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Thanks to a free service from University of Texas law students that helps people expunge their criminal records, two of the worst days in Wayne Johnson’s drug-riddled life might as well have never happened. Two expungement clinics will take place Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at the Travis County Law Library. The Expunction Project, a student-run and attorney-supervised clinic at UT that every year helps 100 people like Johnson restore their reputations so they can land employment, housing and other opportunities that otherwise would be hindered by the presence of a criminal history. Continue reading

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MADD Asks: Are we raising a generation of ‘affluenza’ teens? Adding social media fame to drunk driving is a horrifying & must sto

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Last week, not one, but two news stories surfaced about young people not only driving drunk, but bragging about it on social media. As a mother whose 18-year old son was killed due to the choices of a teen who drove after drinking alcohol and using drugs, these stories both dishearten and disgust me. But as the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, I am left to ask myself, are we raising the next generation of Ethan Couchs? Continue reading

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Panelists: Liberty Hill has problem with teen drinking, drug use

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Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said concerning underage drinking, that while it is legal for a minor to drink with a parent, “what you (a parent) accept in moderation, they’ll accept in excess.” He continued, “your child has no intent to drink with you.” Instead, he said, it often serves to give an unspoken green light for the adolescent to drink, even when the parent is not around,” Chody said. The townhall was held at Liberty Hill High School. Continue reading

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Teen Binge Drinking Still a Huge Problem according to CDC report – as Youth Drinking on Downward Trend

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 1 in 6 high school students are binge drinkers, and one-third drank alcohol within the previous 30 days. The teen drinking giveaways are everywhere: the red Solo cups, the Snapchat photos of embarrassing selfies and the more-than-conspicuous headaches and vomiting. Though the number of teens who drink is declining, it remains a problem, especially when it comes to binge drinking, or downing more than five drinks within a couple hours. In 2010, underage drinking was a $24.3 billion problem for the U.S. Continue reading

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19 year old Penn State student has .40 BAC and fraternity and 18 of its members are charged in student’s death;

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A Penn State University fraternity pledge had toxic levels of alcohol in his body and was badly injured in a series of falls, authorities said Friday in announcing criminal charges for his death against 18 members of the organization and the fraternity itself. Timothy Piazza, 19, had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.40 the night of the pledge ceremony. Continue reading

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More police training, public education needed to stop ‘drugged’ driving, reports says

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A new report shows that 43 percent of fatally injured drivers with known test results tested positive for drugs, while 38 percent tested positive for alcohol. This is the first time occurrences of drugged driving have surpassed those of drunken driving. Continue reading

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OPINION: Drinking alcohol to cope only makes stress worse

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If one chooses to consume enough alcohol in an effort to forget their troubles and stress, they might end up feeling worse the next day. You may be able to forget what caused your stress, but your brain and body will remember it still exists. In fact, alcohol may actually increase your stress. Continue reading

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Liberty Hill High School educates families about speaking to teens about underage drinking and drunk driving

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Liberty Hill High School parents hear from Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Program on the pitfalls of both over-protective and over-permissive parenting, and suggested strategies for parents to use when talking to their children about substance use. Continue reading

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Liberty Hill ISD alternative to Shattered Dream’s “Mock Crash” draws criticism from some parents

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When the administration at Liberty Hill HS declined to host Shattered Dreams, an anti-drunk driving program, the decision ignited a controversy among some parents in the community. School administrators say they have chosen to pursue a different approach to educating students on the issue of underage drinking and driving, but not all parents are satisfied. Continue reading

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El Paso joins fight to prevent underage drinking and teen access to alcohol at house parties with new ordinance

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Where do youth gain access to the alcohol that they drink? O verwhelmingly, in social settings such as house parties. El Paso became the first city in Texas to adopt a civil Social Host Ordinance to hold adults accountable for providing an environment where underage parties take place. Such city ordinances have shown to reduce the number of large underage drinking parties in the communities that adopt and enforce them.
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17-year old dies in car crash, underage drinking party may be involved; parents search for answers

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The parents who lost their son in a car crash early Sunday morning are now searching for answers saying their son was at a party on Bee Creek Road shortly before the car crash on Hwy 71 West. Now, they are hoping those who were at the party can help them piece together what happened that night that led to death of 17-year-old Caden Nieneker. Continue reading

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How effective is your state at combating drunken driving? MADD shares its ratings in a new report.

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Texas gets a 2.5 ranking in MADD’s 1 to 5 survey. Mississippi and Maryland ranks among the best states when it comes to enacting laws against drunken driving. MADD’s criteria include using sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols; immediately suspending licenses; penalizing drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test; and passing laws that impose additional penalties on drunk drivers who had a child in the car with them at the time. Continue reading

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Travis County Underage Drinking Task force reaching young kids to combat underage drinking

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This holiday season the Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention task force is stepping up their efforts. They’re teaching kids why it’s dangerous for them to drink at a young age, and what to do if the adult they’re with is too intoxicated to drive. Continue reading

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Texas Coalition calls for a social host ordinance proposition in Port Arthur to prevent underage drinking

The Southeast Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse wants a solution for it in Port Arthur by issuing a social host ordinance. Under the ordinance, people accountable for providing an environment where underage drinking occurs, can be cited by law enforcement. “The goal is to hold parents and other adults accountable for giving alcohol to minors and let parties go on at their house and not chaperone those parties.” Continue reading

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New TABC App allows anyone to report underage drinking and overserving at bars

Smartphone users now have the power to report underage bar patrons or suspicious bartending with the touch of a button — all while sipping a drink during happy hour.  A free app launched in August by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission allows … Continue reading

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Austin alcohol sales drop post Uber and Lyft

Something very rare happened in Austin this May 2016: alcohol sales dropped, according to the Texas Comptroller. While there is no direct explanation for the two percent drop in sales from this time last year, some bartenders and bar owners in Austin think it may have something to do with ridesharing. Specifically, since Uber and Lyft left Austin in the beginning of May. Continue reading

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Court says: Adults who serve booze to underage kids in Maryland can be held responsible for the consequences

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Adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers can be held civilly liable for any death or harm that comes to others at the hands of the young people they hosted, according to an opinion Maryland’s highest court issued Tuesday. “This is a wake-up call to the so-called cool parents who on Friday nights have their kids’ friends over and allow them to drink in their basements,” said Tim Maloney, the attorney representing Linda Dankos. In 2009, Dankos’s 17-year-old son got drunk in the garage of another parent and then killed in a crash with another intoxicated partygoer. Continue reading

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Counting the drinks … when did two drinks a week become 14?

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Most of us occupy the space between teetotaler and drunkard, but that’s a big span to move along. And if we’re somehow in that approved zone, how do we stay there? So it’s not just about counting the drinks — it’s about the number where each of us becomes untrustworthy. What am I no longer capable of in the shift between one number and the next? We are conditioned to think about that third drink as it pertains to driving, but it goes beyond how we get home. Most of us don’t like to recognize problem drinking as a possibility within our own orbit, or the toll it can take on our emotional, family and work lives. The truth is you don’t have to be a binge-drinking alcoholic for drinking to be problematic. Continue reading

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Local Austin restaurant withdraws request to sell alcohol across from school campus

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In a surprising last-minute change, Torchy’s Tacos on Thursday withdrew a request to the City Council that would have allowed the restaurant to sell alcohol at its South Congress Avenue location after opposition from groups including the Austin school district, nearby neighborhood associations and the grassroots political group Austin Interfaith who said the location could be a negative influence on the impressionable students at Fulmore Middle School across the street. Continue reading

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Intoxicated Drivers Killed 39 People in Austin Last Year. So How Do We Stop Them?

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In a report where researchers considered what most effectively reduces DWIs, enforcement tops the list. But many of the enforcement tactics praised by these researchers are out of the hands of Austin policymakers. For example, these researchers consider sobriety checkpoints to be one of the most effective methods of discouraging DWIs. But in Texas, checkpoints are illegal under state law. The researchers also recommend lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to.05 – something only state lawmakers could do. Continue reading

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