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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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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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Early 2016 traffic deaths are occurring throughout Greater Austin region; VisionZero Taskforce talks about solutions

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It’s already a deadly year on Austin-area roadways with three local traffic deaths Monday. Austin itself set a record in 2015 with 102 traffic fatalities. Austin is getting bigger. Not the city-limits but the amount of sprawl between the city and surrounding communities. Traffic experts say the more sprawling a metro area is, the more traffic deaths reported. The local VisionZero Task Force said collecting traffic data, targeting education and more aggressive enforcement and prosecution are expected to be part of an action plan. Continue reading

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Underage drinking is an adult problem; Parents who host teen drinking parties: “Helicopter Partying” – Not cool, not smart, says MADD

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“One of the things we say at MADD is that underage drinking is an adult problem,” J.T. Griffin, chief government affairs officer at Mothers Against Drunk Driving says. “In order for kids to get alcohol, there’s an adult somewhere that messed up. Someone bought it for them, someone didn’t put it away, someone left it out in the open for kids.” It’s not just the driving you have to worry about, Goodwin said. Sexual assault, alcohol poisoning. Someone falls off a deck. This is the chaos you create when you throw an underage party, Griffin continues. Continue reading

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More people drinking more; Alcohol death continue to increase; 37% since 2002 says CDC

Alcohol related death has been increased to 37% from 2002. The staggering spike in the numbers suggest that there have been more people dying because of alcohol than drugs like heroin. Continue reading

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Do ad campaigns designed to scare teens about underage drinking really work?

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Michael Koresky, an educator who was worked on youth substance abuse prevention for more than 30 years. “There’s not one iota of data that says Red Ribbon campaigns have any effect at all.” The Anchorage School District’s youth development model relies on the premise that youth alcohol abuse often comes about as a response to trauma or other risk factors. By working to mitigate trauma’s effects on kids, the youth development model seeks to stop the cycle of trauma and self-medication before it begins. The organization eventually came up with a list of 40 developmental assets. The more of those assets a person had, the better their odds of overcoming difficulty to lead a healthy life, underage drinking a binge drinking was reduced over a dozen years. Continue reading

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Parents of teen killed file lawsuit against 20-year old driver of June fatal crash in West Austin

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The parents of a 19-year-old man killed in a crash in June have filed a lawsuit blaming the driver, 20-year-old Kenneth Richmond, who was charged by Austin Police with intoxicated manslaughter. The lawsuit claims Richmond and his father, Kip Alan Richmond, were negligent. The Lopitakwongs blame Richmond for consuming alcohol while underage, driving while intoxicated and failing to control his car. Continue reading

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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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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 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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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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