New Year’s Eve 2019: Free rides and other ways home safely

Austin’s New Year’s Eve 2019 offered free rides and other ways to get home in safety. As we all know, drunken driving at any level is illegal, reprehensible, dangerous, and just plain bad form. That’s a fact the Austin Police Department will bring home for you at all times, but especially on New Year’s Eve, when it’s an unfortunately common occurrence. The department’s “no refusal” period for the holiday ran from 9 p.m. every night through 5 a.m. every morning, ending on New Year’s Day. If you are suspected of driving while intoxicated during the period, officers will have more legal resources for obtaining a blood alcohol sample, even if you refuse to submit one. That’s not to mention the life- and injury-threatening position you put yourself, your passengers, and others in when you attempt to drive while drunk. Fortunately, there are many options—including free or reduced ride-hailing prices and other ways to get to your destination—for Austinites to ring in the new year without all that danger. Here are a few of them. Free public transportation Austin’s Capital Metro extended its MetroRail and MetroRapid service until 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day as well as offering free rides on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. until the end of service. MetroBus lines are included in the free fares and operated on their regular weekday-service schedule. Ride-hailing RideAustin (a locally owned, nonprofit business), Lyft, and Uber currently operate in Austin. From 8 a.m., Dec. 31, through 4 a.m., Jan. 1, Lyft riders got $5 off all rides in Texas. “NYEPLAN18” in the Lyft app. The Lyft discount was...

4 laws that are bringing big changes to California in 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — The new year means big changes for California’s criminal justice system. Several new laws that go into effect in 2019 have an emphasis on criminal and social justice reform. Here’s a look at four new laws that are changing the way things are done in California:   End of Cash Bail California is getting rid of cash bail for suspects awaiting trial. Supporters contend it makes criminal justice fairer for people with little money, but bail agents are seeking a referendum to overturn the new law. “We had to collect 365,000 signatures,” said Topo Padilla, president of the Golden State Bail Agents Association. “We collected 550,000. So, that’s 550,000 voters who signed a piece of paper saying, ‘Yes, let’s put this on the ballot and let us decide,’ rather than 120 legislators down there.” The new law takes effect Oct. 1, 2019. Judges will use a pretrial risk assessment to determine who should be released from jail. In most nonviolent misdemeanor cases, defendants would be out within 12 hours. In other cases, defendants would be scored on the seriousness of crime – and how likely they are to show up for court. The new law means up to 8,000 people working in the bail industry statewide will be out of work, according to Padilla. “This is about public safety” Padilla said. “It’s not solely about saving our jobs. This is truly about public safety and getting rid of a constitutional right that people have.”   DUI Ignition Interlock Devices In 2019, a new California law will impact drivers caught driving while intoxicated. The legislation aims to...

A City with one New Years Drunk Driving Arrest.

Only one drunk driving arrest New Year’s Eve in Jackson County, MS records show. With increased police presence on holidays and multiple ad campaigns warning motorists of the risks of impaired driving, maybe folks are finally getting down to get the message. Only one driver was arrested for a suspected DUI on New Year’s Eve in Jackson County, Mississippi, consistent with the Jackson County Jail log. The driver, a 23-year-old Blackman township man, was i was arrested and booked into the jail at 3:32 a.m., Jan. 1, by the Jackson local police department, records show. Law enforcement throughout Jackson County told MLive/The Jackson Citizen Patriot it was a relatively quiet night. Police throughout the state are cracking down on impaired driving following the national Law enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get pulled Over.” The campaign emphasizes the dangers of impaired driving while aiming to drastically reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries on the...

Woman Arrested for Drunk Driving after Police find Facebook Messages left open on computer in hotel

In a recent report, a woman was charged with drink driving after police found out with some of the incriminating messages on her Facebook page. Just as after a car crash in Michigan, police investigators said they had tracked one of the alleged drivers to a nearby hotel. There they found a computer which was still logged into the woman’s Facebook page and open on a series of messages to another user. This woman had allegedly told her Facebook friend that she had been involved in a crash and that she was drunk. At the time of the investigation’s questioning, the woman did admit to being involved, but denied driving the vehicle and refused to tell them who had been driving.  In this way of the incident, she was charged with driving with an expired driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident. Investigators also stated that the hotel’s receptionist had told officers that the woman had admitted to her, to driving the vehicle when it crashed and had been drinking. In short, her Facebook messages with the random person lead to her being apprehended. The woman admitted to having drunk alcohol about two hours before the crash and an initial breathalyzer test showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. Further investigations are being carried out by police and the woman is still under...

Two drivers Caught almost Seven Times over drink-drive Limit in Scotland

These days, the main targets have been drivers who are causing deaths while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. not long ago, two drivers had been arrested at an alcohol level seven times over the legal limit in Scotland.  Well, these two motorists were stopped in rush hour, with the first driver who was a  49-year-old man, at seven times over the legal limit of 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath. The following day a 55-year-old woman was stopped in Bridge of Don and was found to be in excess of eight times the legal limit. Well, both of these incidents occurred during the time of the afternoon, during busy commuter times when there is increased traffic on the road. Thankfully neither of these drivers were involved in any collisions, according to the reports. It has been stated by the police that despite of the fact of the strong promotion over the years across the UK about the dangers and risks of drink-driving and the highly-publicized reduction of the Scottish drink-drive limit in 2014, it is still disappointing that some do think it is safe and acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. The activity of drink driving or driving under the influence is not acceptable and should never be. Scotland police are fully committed to tackling this inconsiderate, as well as anti-social and potential life-ending behavior and will continue to enforce the drink-drive legislation across the region on a daily basis. Hence those who do fail drink/drug drive tests can face a minimum 12-month driving ban as a criminal record...

Fetty Wap Pleads Guilty to Avoid Jail in Drunk Driving Case

Fetty Wap was looking forward to releasing his upcoming sophomore album King Zoo, but the project has been put on hold for now, though his fans are eagerly waiting. The rapper was arrested back in November for the drunk driving race which put him on fifteen charges including for careless endangerment and driving while impaired. Besides his legal bail, he’s been teasing new music after he dropped For My Fans 3: The Final Chapter. The project was dropped back in January and now he dropped another album including “Kiss Wowie” which was supposed to be a tribute to his girlfriend. Most recently he released “Air it Out”. The wrapper seems to be back on track. Now, the legal cases are solved we expect to see some of his new releases this year. Fetty got a no-jail sweetheart deal on his felony drunk driving arrest in Brooklyn instead pleading guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. Under a deal struck in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Fetty will have to take a state Impaired Driving Program course, and he’ll lose his license for 90 days. The misdemeanor will also remain on his record. But Fetty, 26, whose given name is Willie Maxwell, had originally faced as much as seven years prison on his original charges of drunk and reckless driving, speeding and felony reckless endangerment. Leaving court, he posed for selfies with star-struck passersby, but covered his face with his hoodie when news photographers showed...