Drunk drivers pose major threats to anyone on American roads, including Texas. An estimated one-third of all automobile accidents every year involve a driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Although getting drunk drivers off the roads is a priority, it’s important not to sweep up innocent people in anti-DUI law enforcement efforts.

In one recent case, a man was pulled over around 11 p.m. on Interstate 10 near John Ralston Road in Houston and allegedly began fighting with the Harris County sheriff’s deputy who pulled him over. The deputy immediately called for backup, and two additional law enforcement officers arrived at the scene to help subdue the drunk driving suspect. All three law enforcement officers reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident. The arrested man may also face other charges in addition to the DUI charge.

The permissible blood alcohol content level in the Lone Star State has been set at 0.08 percent with a lower limit of 0.04 percent for drivers of commercial vehicles. For underage drinkers, the limit is zero. Although the laws of Texas regarding drunk driving are tough, they are not always applied with the utmost care, and drivers are often able to challenge the charges against them successfully. Courts have found, for example, that many field sobriety tests are poorly conducted and thus not valid.

Drunk driving convictions bring a wide variety of punishments, including prison or jail time, fines, suspended or revoked driver’s licenses and the installation of ignition interlock devices that prevent motor vehicles from starting if a driver has been drinking. DUI charges also can lead to unemployment and punitive increases in car insurance rates. Keeping these possibilities in mind, a driver should seek the help of a qualified legal professional to try to avoid or minimize the consequences of a drunk-driving arrest.

Source: ABC13.com “Deputy injured in scuffle during suspect’s DUI arrest”, May, 17, 2014