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Drunk Driving

Fort Bend County– drunk driver rolls over truck severely injuring the passenger; Fort Bend County — drunk driver rear-ends car, injuring other driver and then flees scene; Harris County — drunk driver hits and kills a young girl getting off a school bus; Harris County — drunk driver runs down a family walking in a parking lot; Brazoria County– drunk driver going the wrong way on highways hits and severely injures a young woman. Brazoria County — drunk driver serves into on-coming lane hitting and killing a mother of two small children.

These are all cases we are handling. The families of those injured are devastated by their loss and injuries. What happened to the drunks, some are in prison after multiple DUI arrests, some are out still driving. The insurance companies for the drunks deny the claims or try and minimize the damages. The uninsured or underinsured coverage that those injured by the drunks have paid premiums for years do the same in denying and delaying the claim.  This despite premiums being paid for just this type of event.
If you could talk to these families who have been impacted by drunk drivers they would all tell you that their prayer is that you and your family would not have to go through what they have had to endure. So this Christmas and New Years season it is my hope and prayer that all those driving give a gift to everyone. It is free and actually can save you money and heartache and is simple. If you are drinking don’t drive. If you see someone who shouldn’t be driving give them a ride, or pay for the cab. It can be the best gift you can ever give.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  1. lisa baudoin
    May 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Brent,

    I stumbled upon your blog as I was laughing my way through Jessica’s European tour.

    Here are my questions. (1)Does an off duty officer, in uniform, but working a private detail, have a duty to stop an intoxicated person from driving? I would think the answer is yes.

    Over the Mardi Gras holiday in Louisiana I witnessed an incident where an off duty officer, in uniform, working a security detail failed to act in that scenario.

    Buddy and I were at a ball and that’s where I saw this heavily intoxicated woman starting to exit the auditorium. I knew she was drunk because she had been sitting at our table and I had been watching her for a few hours. I didn’t know her name and never spoke to her while inside but I knew some of her “friends”. I asked a couple of them if someone was going to take her home but no one seemed to care. I couldn’t watch her get into her car so I asked if she wanted Buddy and I to get her home. Of course she told me no because we didn’t know each other. I followed her out of the auditorim where I saw, what I assumed was an off duty officer, in full uniform, sitting at the check-in table. I pointed out the woman who had just staggered by and told the female cop the woman shouldn’t be allowed to drive. The cop didn’t budge but only looked in the direction of the woman! I was dumbfounded!

    Thankfully while outside some guys were able to stall her enough so that someone could get her keys and get someone to take her home.

    I wish I had thought of getting the cop’s name and badge number. As I think about it now I probably should have reported it to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department. But at the time I felt rather helpless.

    What are your thoughts?

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