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Common causes of car crashes

While we typically don't have postcard holidays with snow on Christmas morning and a frosting on Edinburg street lights, we enjoy the season as much as anyone anywhere. We enjoy holiday get-togethers with family and friends and enjoy shopping across the Rio Grande Valley as much as the next person.

With all the holiday to and fro come increased risks of car accidents and injuries, however. A recent news article pointed out that there are approximately 6 million motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. every year, with more than 40,000 fatalities.

Texas court orders release of Randy Travis DWI video

Back in the late 1980s, Randy Travis was the undisputed king of country music. His smooth baritone wrapped around a clean and contemporary country sound that had its roots in the genre's time-honored traditions. That was then and this is now: the country music legend recently had his request to block Texas from releasing video of his 2012 DWI arrest rejected.

A U.S. District Court Judge allowed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to release the arrest video in which an impaired and naked Travis is in the middle of a road. However, the video has apparently been edited so that it does not show Travis from the waist down.

What happens if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop?

Getting stopped by law enforcement is almost always a hassle. Even if you know you weren't breaking the law, you may worry about what the officer thinks of the situation. Mistakes happen all the time, resulting in innocent people getting arrested and charged with crimes they didn't commit. That can include driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges.

Many people think that anyone accused of a DWI must obviously be guilty. After all, police receive special training to conduct roadside sobriety tests. Additionally, chemical tests can detect alcohol levels beyond the legal limit.

Trendy marijuana dabs are a felony in Texas

Although marijuana concentrates, like pressed hashish, have existed for centuries, a modern form of this extract is currently quite popular. Butane hash oil, also called BHO, wax, glass, shatter or dabs, is a highly concentrated form of marijuana extract that has seen a boom in popularity over the last decade. While smoking marijuana was once the most popular form of ingesting it, more people than ever are turning to dabbing.

Dabbing is the slang term for the process of vaporizing marijuana concentrates on a heated surface. Because of the concentration of the substance, less is needed to obtain the same effect when compared with natural state marijuana. It is also easier to conceal, as it has less of that tell-tale smell and takes up very little space. While many marijuana users enjoy dabs, they may not realize they are committing a felony in Texas.

Holiday alert: Auto traffic expected to be heavy

Don't be surprised if you see an increase in traffic rolling in and out of Edinburg over the next few days. We are right at the doorstep of the holiday season, kicking off this Thursday with Thanksgiving, of course. Complete with turkey, football, family and friends, it is one of everyone's favorites.

AAA says that because the nation's economy is strong and American consumers are confident, holiday travel should be heavier this year than at any time over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, an increase in traffic inevitably leads to increases in motor vehicle accidents and injuries.

The dangers of distracted driving

As anyone who has driven on Interstate 2 knows, traffic moves quickly in and around Edinburg. When someone isn't paying full attention to other vehicles, pedestrians, traffic signs and weather, motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities can occur.

One of the leading causes of crashes: drivers who are paying more attention to their phones than traffic and the roads. A recent survey by Consumer Reports says that 41 percent of drivers with smart phones admit that they have engaged in texting while driving.

A Diamond in the rough

It is about 150 miles north of Edinburg along the coast, you will come to Flour Bluff, a part of Corpus Christi. The suburban area is known as the childhood home to actor Lou Diamond Phillips. The 55-year-old starred in a number of major movies such as "La Bamba," "Courage Under Fire" and "Young Guns" in the 1980s and '90s and had a recurring role on the "Longmire" TV series as well.

He was recently in the news after his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

When a traffic stop leads to a drug charge

Even lawyers get into trouble with the law. A recent example was when a Rio Grande City criminal defense attorney ran a red light. The traffic stop resulted in multiple charges.

Booked into Hidalgo County jail on charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, the Monitor reported he was later released on a personal recognizance bond. When the possible penalties are two to 10 years in prison are there any defenses? We will talk about two in this post.

Technology could help reduce distracted driving among truckers

Our electronics not only entertain and inform us, they also distract us. Experts say that distracted driving is on the rise across the Rio Grande Valley, all of Texas and the rest of the United States, too.

Though technology has provided us with powerful distractions that make driving more dangerous than ever, it is possible that technological advances will ease the problem. According to recent news reports, a new sensor system to be installed in 18-wheelers will monitor truckers and help spot fatigue and distractions. The system will use "engine computer data, telematics, (an) accelerometer" and other analytic data to reduce the risks of truck accidents, injuries and fatalities.

The Nation: Bail system is an unjust part of justice system

A stone's throw from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Jail sits a little Edinburg side street named Bail Bond Drive. Several bail bond businesses sit on the appropriately named lane. The businesses help family, friends and others get people out of jail on bail.

Most people arrested in Edinburg on felony or misdemeanor charges have a bail amount set by a judge. If the defendant can't pay the court the full amount in order to be released from custody, a friend or family member can go to a bondsman, pay a fee and get the defendant temporarily released from jail.

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