Tag Archives: Intoxication

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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UTPD responds to freshman alcohol consumption during summer orientation sessions

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Despite conduct expectations set by the Dean of Students, it is not uncommon for freshmen attending New Student Orientation to attend fraternity parties or consume alcohol when the day’s activities are through, says UT-Austin Police Department. “We have officers out on patrol every night to look for a litany of suspicious activities, including alcohol consumption [or possession] by minors. Every summer during orientation sessions, we have to deal with these situations.” Continue reading

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Update: 2 from Dallas area charged in alcohol-poisoning death of Irving teen at 2014 Texas Tech frat party

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Two North Texan men were arrested this week in connection with the 2014 alcohol-poisoning death of a Texas Tech University freshman from Irving. Texas Tech freshman Dalton Debrick, 18, of Irving was found dead Aug. 24, 2014, at a home a mile from the Lubbock campus. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.324 — more than four times the legal limit for driving. Continue reading

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Could College Kids Be Sobering Up and Partying Without the Booze, saying the Fun No Longer Outweighs the Risks

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College and drinking: two concepts so closely linked that many students can’t conceive of one without the other. However, it may be surprising to learn that binge drinking among college students has dropped 13% over the past decade. So what’s behind the fall in binge drinking students? What’s the reality of being a sober scholar, and can college be just as fun without drinking? Although it may be impossible to stop students from drinking the rise of the sober party movement is helping sobriety separate from the stigma attached to it, a crucial aspect as young people embrace alcohol-free events. Continue reading

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Downtown Austin Sobriety center could possibly move into Medical Examiner’s Facility

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A group made up of city and county staff suggests converting the current Travis County Medical Examiner facility into a sobriety center. Last year, city and county officials created the Austin-Travis County Intergovernmental Working Group to develop a plan for a potential sobriety center. The sobriety centers, also known as “drunk tanks,” are places to secure publicly intoxicated people deemed a danger to themselves or others; it could also offer support and encourage treatment for alcoholism. It’s also seen as an alternative to jail for minor public intoxication offenses. 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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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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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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How to have a safe Spring Break around alcohol — “Don’t overdo it!” – “Keep an eye on you drink” – “Plan ahead”

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Have fun during Spring Break but also be careful to not “overdo it” simply through carelessness or by not knowing his or her own limits on alcohol consumption. Police say, “You’ll find that some of kids get into big, overwhelming parties, and because they won’t know how to handle their alcohol, it results in alcohol-poisoning incidents.” Those Spring Break fans who are old enough to drink should decide beforehand, when one is “sober and making clear-headed decisions,” their limits on drinking and other related boundaries. Continue reading

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A year after fatal crash, more enforcement at SXSW looks for underage drinking, over-serving of alcohol

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More law enforcement agencies will assist during SXSW this year. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo notes, ” … we all know that alcohol, the abuse of alcohol, over-serving of alcohol, serving of alcohol to minors, is part of the problem, the challenge that we have during SXSW. The most important difference this year is that we are going to have TABC,” Acevedo says. That’s the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which will have 30 officers stationed around SXSW. Continue reading

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Stop “Palcohol” before it arrives in Texas

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Texas Rep. Charlie Geren wants to stop “Palcohol” or powered alcohol before it starts in Texas. Geren, R-Fort Worth, has filed a bill to make Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, illegal in Texas. “I think it can be a very big problem. “We are hearing about people taking powdered alcohol and putting it in Red Bull and putting in more alcohol,” he said. “Or putting it in straight alcohol or snorting it.” Geren said he wants to get out in front of the issue before it becomes a problem in Texas. “It seems pretty silly to me,” Geren said. “I don’t know why we need powdered alcohol. We have plenty of alcohol as it is.” Continue reading

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Bill refiled in Legislature to force Texas bars with stout alcohol sales to carry liability insurance

Texas Representative Chris Turner refiles his “dram shop” liability bill aimed at Texas bars or restaurants that derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from liquor sales. If passed, the bill would require them to carry liability insurance. Continue reading

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Austin downtown bar on the top of police DWI list may lose alcohol license after TABC investigation

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – A criminal investigation launched into an incident involving an Austin bar prompted the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to launch its own investigation that could put the establishment’s liquor license in jeopardy. The TABC tells KXAN it started … Continue reading

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Divers find missing 20-year-old’s body in San Marcos River; locals ponder role of alcohol in tragedy

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08/10/14 – SAN MARCOS — Game wardens said witnesses told them alcohol might have played a part in the 20-year-old man’s suspected drowning. Alcohol plays a big role in tubing, no matter the river. Some nearby residents and business owners said they believe the culture of drinking surrounding the river has gotten out of control. “Anything that happens on this river during those times, there’s some alcohol involved,” said San Marcos resident David Smith. Continue reading

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Downtown bars face separate lawsuits in fatal wrecks, suits cite bars “over-served” alcohol

The parents of two men killed in unrelated drunken driving-related crashes are suing Lustre Pearl and the Blind Pig Pub, saying they over-served their sons’ drivers, according to court documents, according to a June 3, 2013 story in the Austin … Continue reading

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