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Drunken Drivers Kill More People in Texas than in Any Other State

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas led the country last year in the number of drunken driving fatalities with 1,354 drunken driving deaths last year (up from 34 in 2005). Texas tied Arizona and Kansas for the largest increase in the number of fatalities while Utah, Kansas, and Iowa had the largest percentage…

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New signs to memorialize DWI wreck victims

A new state program will allow friends and relatives of people killed in drunken driving wrecks in Texas to buy memorial signs that will be placed near the crash site for a year. The $300 signs will be 42 inches high and 48 inches wide, with a blue background and white lettering and have the…

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We've come a long way

Yesterday I wrote about Electronic Stability Control and how Consumer Reports calls it the greatest safety advance since seat belts. Last night I read a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Unsafe at Any Speed, With Any Driver, On Any Kind of Road.”  It is a fascinating look back at how lax safety standards used to…

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Accidents kill 830,000 children annually

Around the globe, accidents kill 830,000 children annually – equivalent to all the children in Chicago, according to a report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The report, the first to collect all known data on child injuries worldwide, makes broad estimates because many poor countries gather few health statistics, and many children…

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Traffic fatalities rose in 2008

There were 95 traffic fatalities in Travis County in 2008, up slightly from 2007, according to’ law enforcement records. On roads within the City of Austin, there  were 59 deaths last year. Investigators saw a rise in motorcycle-related deaths, spurred by a summer of nearly $4-per-gallon gas, Austin police Detective Mark Breckenridge said.  “We had…

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Woman Dies After Collision

A 78-year-old woman, Betty Chesbro, who was involved in a wreck in the 1700 block of South MoPac Boulevard on February 7th died Tuesday, February 12th according to Austin police. Nasrin Farahani was driving a silver 2002 Volvo north on MoPac when she lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the median and struck Betty…

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Local Singer Killed in Car Wreck

Local singer, Melanie Wilkinson, was killed in a collision on Monday at the 2200 block of East 51st Street, just east of Waterbrook.  Ms. Wilkinson had performed for Ann Richards, Lady Bird Johnson and Barbara Jordan and was scheduled to sing in Washington with a choral group at the National Cathedral in the next few…

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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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Avandia Warning

The diabetes drug Avandia may be linked to an increased risk of: Stroke Heart Attack Sudden Death A New England Journal of Medicine study revealed that Avandia is associated with an increase in the risk of heart attack. If you or a loved one have suffered stroke, heart attack, or sudden death after using Avandia,…

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