The problem of drunk driving is a common one across the United States. And Texas is among the states with the worst record when it comes to drunk driving accidents that result in injuries and fatalities.
According to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Texas is among the top ten states when it comes to reported cases of driving under the influence. That group is cited as the source of data showing that there were more than 85,000 arrests for DUI in the state in 2012. It also says that with a rate of five deaths per 100,000, the state ranks tenth for DUI fatalities.
The criminal justice system does what it can to try to curb the problem. But that system only punishes the criminal, and there are those who might argue that too often the penalties are insufficient. The criminal justice system certainly doesn't address compensation for those who suffer injury or loss of loved ones in drunk driving accidents. That requires one-to-one action with insurance companies or a lawsuit. In either case, enlisting the help of an experienced attorney is always advised to achieve the best possible outcome.
As a matter of regular practice, police make a point of regularly issuing warnings against anyone driving after they've been drinking. And in a further bid to try to stem the occurrence of potentially harmful situations, officials recently shared with the San Antonio Express-News some of the things that raise police suspicions a driver should be stopped for DUI. They include:
- Weaving back and forth over lane lines
- Straddling lane lines for extended periods
- Near misses with other vehicles or objects
- Uncalled for increases or decreases in speed
- Uncalled for stopping in a lane
- Slow response times when approaching stop signals
Bexar County authorities say thousands of people are stopped and arrested every year and San Antonio say that's a good thing, because when it happens it means a potential fatality or injury accident has been avoided.