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Texas family wants alert system for drunk drivers

Despite stiffer penalties and greater public awareness campaigns, drunk driving continues to plague the nation's highways. Each year, Texas families are robbed of loved ones, and innocent victims suffer catastrophic injuries when people choose to drive drunk. One family is hoping the loss of their loved one will bring some good to others by preventing fatal accidents in the future.

The man was heading to work around 3 a.m., driving south when his car was hit head-on by a vehicle heading north in the southbound lane. The victim and the wrong-way driver both died in the accident. Police believe alcohol may have been the reason why the man believed at fault was driving on the wrong side of the highway. The man had two previous arrests for DWI.

As the family of the victim grieves, they have conceived of a way to prevent such accidents from devastating other families. They believe there should be a way to alert drivers in the area when a report of a drunk or wrong-way driver has reached 911, calling it an ABEL alert in honor of their family member who died in the accident. State legislators are working on a bill to require ignition interlock systems for convicted drunk drivers, but the family believes drivers can too easily bypass such devices.

This Texas family is not alone in their grief. Many spouses, children, parents and siblings suffer the loss of loved ones through the carelessness of those who choose to drive while impaired. Those families are within their rights to seek legal recourse for their loss. A compassionate and experienced attorney can advocate for their cause.

Source:, "Family pushing for change after man killed by wrong-way driver", Tina Shively It, April 28, 2017

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