A Harris County school bus driver could be facing extraordinary charges related to driving while intoxicated (DWI) after driving so erratically that she nearly flipped her bus over on the road.
A drunk driving arrest can happen to anybody. All it takes is a simple traffic mistake and an officer's belief that you're impaired (and, contrary to popular belief, you don't even have to fail a Breathalyzer for the officer to proceed with an arrest).
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense in Texas -- but the prosecution may have trouble proceeding with about 1,700 cases in the Houston area. That's how many are estimated to be affected by a nationwide recall on the equipment that is used to hold blood sample evidence.
It's easy to let your guard down in the summer. The days are longer, the sun is shining and holidays abound -- so a lot of people celebrate the season with a few glasses of wine or beer while they're with friends or family.
You get pulled over for a burned-out bulb in your tail light -- or maybe you rolled through a stop sign without coming to complete stop. Either way, you quickly realize that a police officer has decided to turn the traffic stop into an opportunity to see if you happen to be drunk or drugged while behind the wheel.
You're absolutely sure you weren't driving while impaired. Maybe you had a single glass of wine with dinner several hours ago or maybe you didn't have anything to drink, but you never would have gotten behind the wheel while intoxicated. Yet, a simple traffic stop turned into a nightmare when the officer asked you to take a Breathalyzer test and the results came back positive and over the legal limit.
What makes a police officer suspect that they've spotted someone who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol? With all the cars they see on the road, what signals does an impaired driver give off?
Are you ready for a nanny cam in your car?
There's no doubt about it: Drinking and driving is a terrible idea. Despite all of the ad campaigns, public service announcements, roadside checkpoints and the stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI), people still make the same mistakes they've made for decades.
Modern technology can do a lot of things -- but it can't help you avoid a drunk driving charge.