Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), is expected to launch a new campaignâ€”in conjunction with a number of other groupsâ€”under which it will propose that alcohol-detection technology be used by drivers to disable their automobiles if they are found to be over the legal blood alcohol limit, The New York Times reports. Read the rest of this entry »
An increasing number of Texans are being caught driving with invalid or suspended driver’s licenses. So many, in fact, that they are clogging the state’s misdemeanor court system, officials say. Some say it’s the result of a three-year-old state law.
Prosecutors from Travis, Hays and Williamson counties say they have seen the number of such cases, which were already rising because of population growth, take a steep jump in the past couple of years. In Williamson County, where the number of cases has grown to more than one-third of all misdemeanors, court officials created a docket specifically for them this month. Read the rest of this entry »
Each month Travis County court-at-law judges handle thousands of criminal cases. Judges say their average monthly caseload has increased 60 percent since 2002
“So the decision has been made to ask for one new court,” Court-at-Law #3 Judge David Crain said.
The five judges made their requested during a work session with county commissioners last month. Each county court currently has an average of 3,200 cases pending. Read the rest of this entry »