Once again, the Austin Police Department raised the ante on drunk drivers by initiating TWO no refusal nights over this Mardi Gras week. As announced in the Blotter on March 3, police stationed a magistrate at the DWI processing BATBUS from 9 pm to 5 am on Saturday night, March 5.
1. Speeding- Nothing is more likely to get you pulled over than speeding. These Austin criminal defense lawyers can’t overstate how many DWI and Possession of Marijuana cases start with a traffic stop for driving too fast. Once the officer is at your car window, the smell of alcohol or marijuana combined with your appearance make you an easy target for arrest. Always, ALWAYS watch your speed.
Well, if the Family Feud represents mainstream America, then this video may make you raise your eyebrows. And laugh! Of course, it can all be interpreted humorously, after all it is a game show. (Note to viewers- I didn't actually know the show was still on the air, and Richard Dawson is long gone. You gotta think his reaction to the scene would have been quite different though!) I don't want to spoil it for you, enjoy courtesy of your Austin criminal defense lawyers! Did we mention we're on the NORML Legal Committee?
I have always had a gut reaction to dog searches. On the one hand, their senses are fantastic. Nothing better than a good bird dog retrieving game you would never find from the briar patch. Don't mind the bomb-sniffers so much either. And there's no question that dogs are highly effective at finding drugs in cars, suitcases, etc. The skill set is there, the problem is in its unscientific application. I guess what I'm saying is, unless there's some standard of reliability, I don't want anyone's car being torn apart or home invaded based on just a positive drug dog alert. Particularly, as shown in a recently published study in the Journal of Animal Cognition (January 2011), when the dogs may be induced into making false positives by picking up subtle cues from the handler. Turns out the dogs aren't the problem, it's us.
Figured it was time to write another fluff piece. If you couldn't detect the sarcasm in the title, it's a News Flash! in the muppets sense. Rumor has it pretty people also get jobs you didn't get, have drinks bought for them, and get more dates than you do (no matter what they say).
Austin Police Chief Acevedo announced yesterday that the downtown foot and bike patrol officers would be trying out some cutting-edge gear, police body cameras. As reported by KXAN, the cameras will be worn on the officer's body, with a small camera attached to the officer's head area. The cameras will be on continuously, but will only record if the officer pushes a button- and will also record the previous 30 seconds. The police cams are considered to be cutting-edge, and the future of police technology. "We are entering into the 'Robocop' era of policing," stated Chief Acevedo.
In keeping with tradition, the Austin Police Department released its annual ranking list of bars where DWI arrestees had their last drink. During the course of a DWI investigation, Austin police officers will typically ask a suspect where they had drinks, and where and when their last drink occurred. This list contains information gathered from DWI arrests made by Austin police during the year 2010 in Austin, Texas.
A few months ago, I wrote a post about stoplight cameras popping up at intersections in Austin. Since that time, the intersection cameras have also been installed in many other Texas cities, and in many other cities nationwide. For those out of the loop, these are cameras that are installed at intersections, and the cameras can take photos of cars running red lights or committing other traffic offenses. It allows cities to generate ticket offenses without having to pay a police officer.