Dallas & Texas DWI News Headlines from Around the State
DWI accidents, claims and laws are making headlines throughout the Lone Star State. To keep you in the loop, we’ve gathered some of the most important ones from the last month and summed them all up, right here. Take a few minutes to catch up on the latest news now.
It’s that time of year again. The Texas Department of Transportation has launched its yearly “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign and is spreading the word across the state, especially Dallas. The anti-DWI campaign started with a press conference at the Harlingen Police Department and ran through September 7. The goal is to prepare citizens for the ever-dangerous Labor Day Weekend and discourage those of driving age to refrain from drinking and getting behind the wheel. As a Dallas DWI lawyer, Franklin Law Firm knows all too well just how many DWI car accidents take place during Labor Day weekend, and we honor our police officers in participating in proactive ways to lower the number.
Police officers in the state’s capital have cracked down on drunk driving in recent years, arresting almost 6,000 people in just the last 24 months. While this certainly keeps roads safer and saves many lives at the time, a large percentage of these people aren’t ever convicted of a DWI charge. In fact, Travis County (where Austin is located) only has a 64 percent conviction rate, meaning about every 4 in 10 drunk drivers walk away scot-free.
According to a local prosecutor, this is likely due to limited resource and an ever-increasing caseload. Since the county also handles family violence, assaults and other misdemeanors, it is understandable that the number of cases can quickly get out of hand. This begs the question though: Since a conviction (and subsequent license suspension) is a large part of what keeps drunk drivers from recidivating, how much safer are these arrests really making our roads? Are we just delaying an evitable DWI crash in the future? Or are we really discouraging these drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel? It’s something our governments and police departments need to continue considering. Here in Dallas, it is our concern as DWI lawyers to follow the pattern, which gives us more knowledge and authority when it comes to defending the families we represent.
Karen Gallagher, a former news anchor in San Antonio, was recently arrested on DWI charges. The officer says she was seen driving northbound in a southbound lane, hitting curbs and eventually sideswiping another vehicle. According to police report, she was disoriented and smelled of alcohol. She was taken to Bexar County Jail, and her bail was set at $1,000.
This was Gallagher’s second arrest in the last four years. In 2011, she was arrested for prescription drug fraud for stealing a prescription from someone at a party. She then refilled the prescription and misrepresented herself when picking it up from the pharmacy.
Well-known individuals are no exception to the DWI scene here in Dallas either. Franklin Law Firm isn’t intimidated to take on a case against someone highly regarded by the Dallas community if it means bringing justice and protection to the DWI victims we represent.
Did you know that having a low credit score can cost you around $2,000 a year or more in car insurance? And since car insurance is legally required in the state of Texas, there’s no way around it. If you have bad credit, you simply have to bite the bullet and pay the bill.
However, according to a recent piece in The Dallas Morning News, low credit actually costs you more than a DWI charge would. In other words, bad credit is more expensive than something that actually endangers people and puts lives at risk.
Consumer Reports shows that a single adult driver with good credit and a clean driving record pays about $1,338 a year in car insurance. With bad credit, it’s about $3,426. Do you have a DWI charge on your record? It will generally end up being about $1,000 less than that. The Dallas Morning News says, “To drive home the inequity of the pricing models, the magazine also compared rates for the first driver with a DWI. The bill was about $1,000 lower than the weak credit applicant, meaning that a DWI can have a much lower insurance penalty than being overextended on credit card bills.” It’s a shocking and sad fact – and it does nothing to reduce the rates of DWIs and DWI crashes in our country.
Thank you for reading up on the latest DWI news here in Dallas and across Texas. If you are in need of a DWI car accident lawyer, contact us. We are dedicated to supporting our community’s victims.