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Austin Man Killed in Wreck

A man died Monday afternoon in Williamson County after a vehicle crossed into incoming traffic and collided with a pickup in which he was riding, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said. Eric Aguillar, 42, of Austin, a passenger in Raymond Dale Griffith’s pickup died at the scene when Douglas Fabian Tarrance, 20, of…

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Police in Austin Tracking Where Drunk Drivers Drank

Austin police released an annual ranking of bars where motorists who were stopped on suspicion of drunken driving reported having their most recent drinks. Several bars in downtown topped the list including Rain, Oilcan Harry’s, and The Ranch.  Police are using the list to help target enforcement efforts. The rankings are based on information drivers…

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Motorcyclist dies in accident

A man in his 20s died early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident near Lakeline Mall, according to police Sgt. James Mason. Just before 3 a.m., Mason said, the man was riding without a helmet on Lakeline Boulevard near Ridgeline Boulevard when he lost control, his a curb and was thrown off the motorcycle.  A…

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1 dead, 2 injured on I-35

A man died and two other people suffered minor injuries after a vehicle rollover in front of a South Austin shopping center Sunday. Austin police said the indicent happened about 6:00 p.m. in the 9800 block of Interstate 35 in front of Southpark Meadows shopping center. According to Sgt. Philip Linsalata, witnesses told police that…

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Car Congestion

Austin is notoriously known for its terrible rush hour traffic.  Statistics show that a rush hour trip, on a national level it would take 25% longer than in a normal time, however, in Austin, it would take 29% longer. This percentage of time wasted leads to more expensive resources being wasted as well.  In the Austin area, the work force…

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Study – Austin has unsafe drivers

Allstate America’s fifth annual ranking of U.S. cities for safe driving puts Austin in a familiar position – far behind almost everyone else. According to the study, Austin finished 179th out of 193 cities ranked. On average, the Austin-area driver will have an accident once every seven years.  In 2005, the study’s first year, Austin…

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News Anchor Charged with DWI

David Michael Torbi, who goes by David Scott on the newscasts for KXAN was arrested on Friday evening for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.  His car was found in a drainage ditch near the 500 block of Lakeway Drive and when the police found him, he smelled of alcohol and was cursing and uncooperative.  They also…

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Boat collision sends 3 to hospital

Several people, including a 4-year-old boy, were injured during a boat collision on Lake Austin at dusk Saturday, according to emergency officials. The boy was taken to the hospitale with a head injury. The collision occured just before 8 p.m. when one recreational boat ran into the back of another near the Watersedge neighborhood and…

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New driving policies irk Austin firefighters

Austin firetrucks now must drive the speed limit and come to a complete stop at intersections while responding to calls, according to a new city policy that has upset the firefighters union. Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said the policy is intended to improve safety for firefighters and motorists. But Steven Truesdell, president of the…

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