Is There A Better Argument for Dram Shop Law Than a Fatal Crash With a Drunk Bartender?

Anyone who has spent time sitting at a bar may have seen its tender have a few drinks. Sometimes it's just a beer over the course of a shift, and other times she takes a few shots in a row with a group of regulars. Most bartenders know and maintain their limits like professionals (if...

Only In Houston: Two DUI Drivers Hit Disabled Car in Fatal Crashes

I've mentioned before that Houston ranks uncomfortably highly in matters of drunk driving. Not only does it have the most DUI-related deaths of any Texas city, but it consistently ranks in the top 5 cities throughout the entire U.S. Sometimes it seems like Houston actually wants to remind everybody who wears that tarnished crown in...

Texas DUI Crashes Don’t Just Happen In the Late Hours and On Weekends.

Some people may think that fatal DUI accidents only occur during the times of day when people are most likely to be at a bar--late evening through early morning, after one work day ends and before the next begins. It's true that drunken collisions notably increase during this period, but it's worth remembering that almost...

Why Aren’t Drunk Drivers Charged With Murder?

Drunk driving is a terrible crime. Unsuspecting victims are hurt and killed every day by this all-too-familiar pattern: Someone is over-served, stumbles out to his car to go home, and plows into another vehicle or pedestrian to dire effect. If a police investigation proves that the intoxicated driver was responsible for hurting someone, that driver...

Did Horace Shaw III Have an Accomplice in His Deadly Drunk Driving Crash?

People around Dallas are understandably shocked in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident that occurred around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017. For those who haven't heard, authorities charged off-duty Dallas firefighter, Horace Shaw III, with intoxication manslaughter. They allege that an intoxicated Mr. Shaw drove into a Mazda SUV, driven by 18-year-old Alyssa...

Many News Reports Ignored an Important Detail About A Drunken Waffle House Adventure.

We've often had to counsel people not to believe everything they see in the news. While I do believe that reporters make good-faith efforts to get the facts straight, it's still unavoidably true that wires get crossed and misinformation is occasionally conveyed as truth. Sometimes the stories only get benign details like a name's spelling...

If South Carolina Can Mandate Liquor Liability Insurance, Why Can’t Texas?

Good news, South Carolinians! Legislators in your state passed a law in June requiring bars and restaurants that sell alcohol past 5 p.m. to have liability insurance policies of at least $1 million. Under the new law, these businesses will need to show proof of such a policy before they are able to obtain or...

“Drinking then Driving” Isn’t the Same as Drunk Driving.

Time and again, I've talked about how dangerous drivers can be when they've had too much to drink. To make matters worse, some bars and restaurants are willing to help them reach that perilous state, ignoring dram shop laws. It's an insidious problem and it seems to get worse every year. Of course we'd never...