Austin Traffic Deaths Down in 2017

On Austin roads last year the number of traffic deaths in 2017 fell to 76.  This was the second consecutive year in which there was a decrease, from 79 in 2016, following a record-setting spike in 2015, when 102 people died. Although several of the crashes in 2017...

4th of July Deadliest Holiday

As Americans toast to Independence Day this Fourth of July, there’s another side to the celebrations they may want to avoid: death by drunk drivers. The Fourth of July is among the deadliest days for drunk driving every year, thanks to people both drinking and...

Fleeing drunk driver kills traveler

Robert Benn, who had just flown into Austin after the birth of his third grandchild, was heading from the airport to his hotel about 10 p.m. Monday when police said he neared Airport Boulevard and Bolm Road in East Austin. Just then, investigators said, a motorist in...

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...

Former House Speaker Arrested for DUI

Former Texas House Speaker Gibson Lewis, 72, was arrested last Thursday night on charges of drunken driving, Austin police said. Lewis was driving west on Fourth Street, at the intersection with Lavaca Street, in the turn-only lane about 11 p.m. when a mounted officer...

Man Charged with 4th DWI

A New Braunfels man was arrested Sunday in connection with what police say is his fourth charge of driving while intoxicated, according to an arrest affidavit. Austin police say a witness reported a gold pickup on northbound Interstate 35 swerving between lanes and...