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Free Rides Available in Houston For Inebriated New Year’s Eve Celebrants—Our Roads Are A Dangerous Freak Show In The Best Of Circumstances

Blogger’s Note 12/31/12—Though this post is from 2011, the information is correct for 2012 as well. Metro will be again offering free rides rides from 6 PM to 6 AM.  AAA is also again offering free tows  from 6 AM to 6 PM. Call 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow if you have been drinking and need a lift home.) 

If  you feel you’ve had enough to drink and should not drive in the Houston area on New Year’s Eve and in the early hours of New Year’s Day, there are ways to get home that will help you avoid a DWI and help you avoid killing yourself or killing others on the road.

(Above–Anything can happen out on the roads. Photo by Ervinpospisil)

Houston Metro buses and lite rail will be free from 6 PM until 6 AM on the night of the 31st and the morning of the 1st.

Houston AAA is offering free tows for folks. This offer includes people who are not AAA members.

From Culturemap

For a free tow and ride home, the AAA number to call is 1-800-222-4357. Ask for a “tipsy tow” and an emergency roadside services truck will come to your location and take you and your car anywhere within 10 miles for free. Tows can be over 10 miles as well but the user will have to pay the excess mileage charges.

Or you can just call a cab.

Police will be out all over the city and Harris County for the holiday weekend.

Anybody who drives in our area knows that our roads are a freak show of anger and idiocy in the best of circumstances.

Here is a Houston Chronicle story about an area woman who was hit by an alleged drunk driver on Christmas Eve while she was out on her property checking her mailbox.

Don’t be part of a fully avoidable problem over the holiday weekend.

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Houston Police Officer Kevin Will Killed While Serving City Over Memorial Day Weekend

A Houston police officer was killed while serving the city over Memorial Day weekend.

(Update 6/2/11–The circumstances of Officer Will’s death leaves people with a choice about how to respond.)   

(Update–Here is the latest on this story from the Houston Chronicle from 6/1 at 11:00 PM.

From the Houston Chronicle

“A Houston police officer was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver early Sunday while investigating an accident on the North Loop near Yale. The 38-year-old officer, Kevin Will, died at the scene, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said. Will was a father of two children, ages 6 and 10, and his wife is 6 months pregnant with their third child, the chief said. The driver, 26-year-old Johoan Rodriguez, was taken to an area hospital for toxicology tests, police said. He’s currently in jail, facing pending charges of intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, felony evading and possession of a controlled substance…  “At this morning’s roll call, (Will) announced to his comrades that today was his one-year anniversary in Vehicular Crimes, and he made a joke that he’s been here a year, so does that qualify him to be a veteran or is he still a rookie?” McClellan said. ..”

Above is a picture of Officer Will.

Everybody who drives in Houston knows that our roads are filled with drunks, crazies, and people taking all sorts of unnecessary risks.

While even at the most difficult times we can acknowledge that criminal acts can be in part the result of economic and social conditions, we must recall the fact we all have a choice to make about how we will conduct ourselves on our roads.

The decision to drive in a way harmful to others is made by each individual who gets behind the wheel.

I’m sorry about the loss of Officer Will.

May 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

2010 Is Sailing Away

2010 is sailing away.

2010 is sailing away just like that ship you see above. I took this picture earlier this year while on riding across Galveston Bay on a ferry boat.

My blog traffic stinks this week. Just as well. Hopefully people are enjoying the holiday week.

Enjoy New Year’s Eve anyway you wish so long as you don’t drive drunk or drive tipsy.

Thanks for reading Texas Liberal in 2010. Please visit the blog every chance you get in 2011.

(Photo copyright Neil Aquino.)

December 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Combat Veteran Marine Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

Blogger’s Note—Because I have some other projects I want to take on, I’ll be offering up shorter and more formulaic posts for the remainder of August. These posts will still be quite good and will merit your visiting the blog each day. Yet at the same time, shorter posts will allow me time to accomplish other objectives. Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

Book Of The Day–You see above that Chicken Wearing A Pumpkin Suit is reading Making Toast–A Family Story by Richard Rosenblatt.  This book is an account of the death of the author’s adult daughter and his role at that point in helping to raise his daughter’s young kids. It’s a short book written with as few words as possible and with each word having impact.

Link Of The Day-— The death toll and the impact of the floods in Pakistan continue to grow. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent has information on how we can help these folks in Pakistan. Look at those people suffering from these floods. Are they in any less distress because they are Muslims? No–They are our fellow world citizens who could use some help.

Texas Link Of The Day– A Texas Marine who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq was recently buried in Rosenberg, Texas after he was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver in Fort Bend County last week. Fort Bend is part of the Houston area. The Marine’s name was David Stidman.

There have been a number of reports in recent years talking about the high rates of drunk driving in our Houston area. Local sheriffs and police departments should consider additional resources to combat this problem, and people should do all they can to prevent people they know to be drunk from getting behind the wheel.

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Please Slow Down And Be Careful On All The Highways Of Life—Seek To Avoid Automobile Crashes

This morning I drove past a fatal car wreck. I saw the aftermath of the incident at around 5:45 this morning.

(Above–Not the crash I saw this morning, but close enough.)

I’m reasonably certain that this is the fifth or sixth time I’ve seen a fatal wreck in the 11 1/2 years I’ve lived in Houston.

Here is the Houston Chronicle story about the death. I’m avoiding the word accident because alcohol may have been involved.

A man driving a pick-up truck was possibly out drunk driving at 5 AM.

The name of the person who died was Krysta Rodriguez. She was a passenger in the car hit by the alleged drunk driver. Seeing the car that Ms. Rodriguez was riding in, it is not difficult to imagine that she was killed. The car was smashed.

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about automobile crashes in the United States—

“In the United States, motor vehicle–related injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1–34, and nearly 5 million people sustain injuries that require an emergency department visit. The economic impact is also notable: motor vehicle crashes cost around $230 billion in 2000.”

The CDC  offers a number of suggestions to help reduce drunk driving in the U.S.

Many of these recommended measures involve tough enforcement of drunk driving laws of and strong punishments for those convicted of drunk driving.

Here are many facts and much information from the CDC about safe driving.

It was raining this morning. When I saw the wreck, I wondered if the rain had played a part.

Here are tips for driving in the rain from Edmunds.com.

Here are tips for driving in snow and ice from The Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel says that the best advice for driving in winter weather is to avoid doing so when possible.

Two Thanksgivings ago, a young person I knew was killed in a wreck while driving from her holiday break in Houston back to school at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

This young person was a senior at Baylor and an honors student.

In her death notice in the newspaper and in the program distributed at the memorial service, her parents wrote— “…slow down and be careful on all the highways of life.”

This is good advice.

Please do slow down and be careful on all the highways of life. Please give some thought to how you drive and to the terrible things that can happen on the road.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

No Surprise That Houston Cop Is Hit By Two Separate Drunk Drivers

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Houston Police officer Lloyd Morrison was hit by two separate drunk drivers Saturday morning while stopped to address a traffic accident. This happened at 3:30 AM on I-45.

Here’s the Houston Chronicle story.   

Above–Houston’s highways are like the Wild West in the modern day.

The first drunk driver clipped the officer’s car. Then, another drunk driver hit the car and caused officer Morrison to be pinned against a fire truck. Officer Morrison is in critical condition, but appears to have a hopeful prognosis.

I often have to drive on Highway 290 around midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. I’d say I see a driver who seems drunk at least half the time. I’ve called 911 at least three times about swerving drivers.

I hope this incident leads to more enforcement on our roads by both HPD and the Harris County Sheriff.

Our highways are full of drunks and crazies. Law-abiding motorists need help.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment