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What causes a person's blood alcohol level to increase?

When you read a media report about a drunk driving crash, it generally mentions what the negligent motorist's blood alcohol content (BAC) was when it occurred. Stories that make it on the news are often the ones in which a motorist had a BAC two or more times Texas' legal limit of .08%. What you may be unaware of are the many factors that can affect your BAC.

A bartender generally pours five ounces of wine when they serve you. A regular bottle or can of beer is generally 12 ounces. A shot of tequila, vodka or another liquor is generally 1.5 ounces. While these are standard sizes of most products that you purchase at the store or the bar, there are exceptions to the rule. The alcohol content that different drinks have can vary as well.

A Hewitt teacher won't be prosecuted for a student's injuries

A 69-year-old teacher, who was witnessed placing his knee of the back of an 11-year-old student, causing him to suffer injuries, will not face criminal charges for his inappropriate behavior. This is what a McClennan County grand jury decided at the middle of this month.

According to court records, the incident in question was first reported to the Hewitt Police Department (HPD) on October 17, 2018. Witnesses who were questioned by police officers reported that the teacher had forced the 11-year-old student to the ground by placing his knee on the child's back. They note that the boy's body came to rest on his stomach and that the teacher continued to hold him down with his knee for between 30 to 40 seconds.

Panic disorders can arise from traumatic car accidents

One of the most common causes of serious injuries in the United States is being involved in a car accident. Car accidents can lead to a wide range of physical injuries, some of the most serious being spinal cord injuries and brain damage. However, what is often overlooked is the psychological damage that car accidents can cause.

Panic disorders and panic attacks are relatively common forms of anxiety in the general public. While it is common for people to suffer from such conditions without any obvious reason, they can be brought on after a traumatic event.

Can you sue if you're injured at a public pool in Waco?

Summer doesn't start for more than a month, but it's already hot enough here in Waco that many assume that it's already begun. With school going on break for the next few months, you've probably already scoped out local pools where you and your kids can go to cool down from this Texas heat. Have you thought about who to hold accountable if someone gets hurt though?

The more people that congregate at a pool, the higher the chance that someone will get hurt. Many different injuries can take place at a public pool. An individual may hit their head on the diving board, slip and fall on the floor surrounding the pool or nearly drown.

Using civil litigation to hold a reckless driver responsible

People who make dangerous decisions have a tendency to ignore how their actions could have consequences for other people. They become so focused on their own desires that they don't stop to think about the ramifications.

Reckless drivers, in particular, may be more focused on their own schedule or desire for fun than on the safety of the people who share the road with them. They don't stop to wonder about the possible consequences until it's too late. If you get hurt by someone driving in a reckless or irresponsible way in Waco, you may wish that there was some way to teach them a lesson about how their decisions have consequences for other people.

Waco Fire Department urges motorists to vigilant on Interstate 35

A Waco Fire Department spokesperson issued a public notice on May 6 warning all motorists to use more caution when traveling along Interstate 35's construction zones. They issued this warning after one of their firetrucks was struck this past Sunday. While no one got hurt in this most recent crash, construction has only just begun on I-35. It was on that same highway that several firefighters were seriously hurt back in 2015.

Fire Engine No. 5 was dispatched to an accident that had occurred along I-35 South just before 5:15 p.m. on May 5. They were supposed to provide protection for paramedics who were working the crash scene.

Crash along I-35 claims lives of teenage sisters from Frisco

Two Frisco, Texas, sisters were killed recently when a pickup truck ran into a sedan carrying the family.

The sisters, ages 18 and 16, were riding in a Honda being driven by their father along the Interstate 35 access road in Kyle, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio.

A Lott woman is killed after a hydroplane accident on U.S. Hwy 77

A 57-year-old Lott resident died when her General Motors Company (GMC) sports utility vehicle (SUV) hydroplaned on a wet U.S. Highway 77 during morning rush hour on April 24.

According to a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), the female motorist had been traveling northbound along U.S. Highway 77 just east of Farm-to-Market (FM) Road 2939 before the crash. That stretch of highway sits just 13 miles to the south of Waco.

Researchers argue security guards don't make schools any safer

Researchers at Ball State University and the University of Toledo published a study in the Violence and Gender journal just this week. They concluded that school security efforts have little to no impact on deterring gun violence at educational institutions. In fact, they argue that security guards give students and teachers a false sense of safety.

The study's authors combed through school security data across 18 years to see how effective different measures are. They found that none of the approaches utilized have worked very well.

Distracted driving is a serious concern for Waco residents

Each April, different organizations commemorate distracted driving awareness month.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there's a good reason for these groups to draw attention to distracted driving. Just last year, over 95,000 crashes occurred in Texas. At least 394 people died.

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