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...

Kona, HI Courthouse Scheduled to Open Late Summer 2019

The Hawaii State Judiciary’s appropriations bill, including $5.8 million to get instrumentation and furnishings for the new Kona courthouse, passed final reading within the Senate and House of Representatives. The bill has been sent to Gov. David IgE for his review and thought. “On behalf of the Hawaii State Judiciary, i would like to precise my deep appreciation to the Hawaii State general assembly for approving the funding required to outfit the new courthouse in Kona with instrumentation and furnishings,” aforesaid judge Mark E. Recktenwald. “We area unit happy to be ready to provide the West Hawaii community a full-service facility they can take care of all court-related matters in an exceedingly centralized, convenient, and secure setting.” The facility is scheduled to open in late summer 2019. The general assembly previously approved a complete of $90 million for construction costswithin the 2014 and 2015 sessions. Groundbreaking for the project was in Gregorian calendar month 2016. “The Judiciary is very grateful to any or all of the island legislators, particularly Rep. Nicole Lowen and subunit. Josh Green, still because the leadership of Senators Donovan Dela Cruz, Gil Keith-Agaran, and Brian Taniguchi, and Senate President Daffo Kouchi, and Representatives Sylvia Luke, Kyle Yamashita, Scott Nishimoto, and Speaker Scott Saiki,” said Chief Justice Recktenwald. “I additionally wish to share my acknowledgment with the West Hawaii Bar Association, the Hawaii County Bar Association, and therefore the Hawaii State Bar Association for their ongoing support,” judge Recktenwald said. “Retired choose Daffo Ibarra, West Hawaii Bar President Payesko, and HSBA Representative from Kona Carol Kitaoka have been critical supporters.”  “After years of conducting court business...

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

In a recent reports, 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, investigators said they 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 automobile accident and that she was drunk. At the time of the investigative questioning, the woman did admit to being involved but denied driving the vehicle and refused to tell them who had been driving.  In this incident, she was charged with driving with an expired driver’s license,  operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, and hence leaving the scene of an accident. Investigators had also stated that the hotel’s receptionist had told officers that the woman had admitted to driving the vehicle when it crashed and had been drinking. In short, her Facebook messages with the random person lead to her caught. 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 the side of the police and the women is still under...

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...

Well Known chef Arrested on drunken-driving Charges

One of the well-known New York chefs has been busted in a drunken-driving crash in the Hamptons. It has been unveiled out by the sources that one of the most celebrated chefs, Maurizio Marfoglia, blew a 0.24 on a Breathalyzer test as almost three times the legal limit just as after falling asleep behind the wheel of a 2017 Ford and plowing into a light pole. He was although not injured. The chef was arrested on an early Monday by East Hampton Town police and was charged with aggravated DWI. Marfoglia is the head chef and partner of Dopo La Spiaggia, an upscale Italian restaurant with locations Sag Harbor and East Hampton. He was also once affiliated with the Coney Island franchise of the burger chain Wahlburgers. Police have investigated and found that Marfoglia was headed north on Route 114 near Breeze Drive when he dozed off, swerved off the road, struck a mailbox, then crashed into a telephone pole. Marfoglia was standing outside the vehicle when authorities arrived and admitted to having two glasses of wine. The restaurateur had his license suspended and was released without bail at his arraignment. Marfoglia’s lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., said he applied for — and was granted — a hardship license on behalf of his client. The license allows Marfoglia to drive to and from work, Burke...