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Travis ‘stealth cars’ target aggressive driving

Souped-up Dodge Chargers cruise streets, aiming to curb road rage before it causes wreck.

Deputy Sheriff Darrell Gibson gets the sort of attention you’d expect a movie star to receive: People take his picture with camera phones, they videotape him when he stops, and as he drives by, he gets honks and thumbs-up signs.

“I am still getting used to all the attention,” Gibson said, his hands wrapped tightly around the wheel of a brand-new 2006 Dodge Charger, one of the two “stealth cars” the Travis County sheriff’s department began using three weeks ago to combat road rage and other common traffic hazards. Read the rest of this entry »

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New study reveals that those who enjoy a drink now and then earn 10 to 14 percent more than teetotalers.

If you thought swigging beer or indulging in a glass of chardonnay was putting your career on a fast-track to nowhere, think again.

In fact, a study conducted by two economists and published Thursday by the Reason Foundation and in the latest edition of The Journal of Labor Research, says that drinkers earn 10 to 14 percent more than those who refrain from drinking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Texas Joins National Drunk Driving Crackdown

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Texas motorists will be enjoying their last summer road trip.

Thanks to state and local law enforcement, they’ll be in good company.

State troopers and local law enforcement officers throughout Texas are stepping up enforcement of the state’s DWI laws as part of a national effort to reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement organizations to get drunk drivers off the road. Read the rest of this entry »

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