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Alcohol death of frat pledge at FSU leads to felony hazing charges for 9 members

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Nine Florida State University fraternity members were charged with hazing in the death of a 20-year-old Andrew Coffee who authorities say drank a lethal amount of bourbon and malt liquor at an off-campus party overflowing with alcohol and strippers. Continue reading

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National Science panel’s sweeping recommendations on drunken driving; lower BAC to 0.05, checkpoints, and increase alcohol excise tax

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The nation’s more than 10,000 drunken driving deaths a year are “entirely preventable,” according to a government-commissioned report released Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. For example, states should pass laws lowering their drunken driving thresholds from a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 to 0.05. Continue reading

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Grand jury: Criminal charges warranted in death of 20-year old Florida State University fraternity pledge

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Andrew Coffey died earlier this month off-campus at Pi Kappa Phi’s fraternity after party. Authorities believe alcohol was involved. An investigation is still underway. A grand jury said Tuesday that it saw enough evidence for criminal charges to be filed in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge Continue reading

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VisionZero: Remembering Is Not Enough

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Lined up in a half circle outside City Hall on Nov. 19, the more than 60 pairs of shoes represented the lives lost on Austin roads this year. Local leaders and transportation safety advocates joined with the family members of those lost for Vision Zero ATX’s third annual Day of Remembrance Vigil – to call for a regional approach to address the dangerous state of Central Texas roads. Austin Police Chaplain Rick Randall, who lost his son in a pedestrian accident more than a decade ago, delivered the opening prayer: “Our prayer tonight, God, is that not one other person would have to be part of this fraternity.” Continue reading

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Florida State University fraternity activities suspended after pledge dies after party; alcohol suspected

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The death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge led Florida State University to shut down all Greek life activities Monday. Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of Andrew Coffey, whose body was found Friday — the morning after a party more than 50 people attended at a house near campus. Continue reading

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Opinion: Corona partnership with University of Texas misguided and may lead to underage drinking

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“Earlier this year, the University of Texas Athletics Department announced its new partnership with Corona Extra, making the beer an official sponsor of the Texas Longhorns. Many people view drinking as a traditional part of the college experience, but often ignore the potential consequences of promoting alcohol on campus. A July 12 column by Emma Berdanier outlined some of the potential pitfalls of a partnership with Corona Extra, and there is substantial evidence that the partnership between the University of Texas and Corona Extra is misguided, writes Dr. Sachin Kamble, Daily Texas Opinion Page (Sept. 24, 2017). The vast majority of undergraduates are underage, which makes them susceptible to the risky behaviors and negative consequences that come with higher alcohol consumption. Continue reading

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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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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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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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Texas State frats suspended after hosting 3,000 people at party where student died in 2016

Falsified documents, underage drinking and hazing are just a few of the charges leveled against four Texas State University fraternities in suspension reports obtained through a freedom of information act request. Fraternities were sent memorandums regarding an investigation into an off-campus party jointly hosted by the fraternities Oct. 28 at Cool River Ranch — the same social event 20-year-old Jordin Taylor attended before she was found dead under a shuttle bus. 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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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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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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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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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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Austin bar faces lawsuit over 2014 SXSW crash, report says

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An Austin bar is being sued for its alleged role in serving alcohol to Rashad Owens before he got into his car and, while fleeing a traffic stop, went on deadly vehicular rampage that killed four people during South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2014. Club 1808 has been named as an additional defendant in a lawsuit first filed in December 2014. The tragedy occurred on Red River Street during SXSW 2014 after a car drove through a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists, killing four. Owens was convicted last year (2015) of murder charges related to the incident. He now faces life in prison. Continue reading

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‘Appalling’ Underage Drinking Parties Targeted by Grieving Parents of two students killed in Maryland

The parents of a Maryland teenager killed after an underage drinking party turned grief into action this week to push for stronger laws. Members of the Senate committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday, drawing cheers from the crowd. Bills introduced in Annapolis would require toughen the penalties for the hosts of underage drinking parties. House Bill 409, named Alex and Calvin’s Law, would a penalty of one-year maximum in jail and double the fine from $2,500 to $5,000 for a first offense for providing alcohol to underage drinkers. Continue reading

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