Texas drivers have an obligation to exercise care and discipline in the operation of their vehicles. Driving an automobile is a big responsibility; even a small error or lapse in judgment by a driver can result in a serious injury or death of another motorist or pedestrian.
Drunk drivers are the reason for many fatalities and severe injury accidents throughout Texas. No matter what laws are passed, or what penalties could be handed down, there are those people who insist on getting behind the wheel of a car while impaired.
According to local police, two members of one Texas family died as a result of a terrible car accident. The family was driving back to their home one night, when they were hit by another vehicle. An 18-month old girl died in the crash as did her mother. The father and the infant son were in serious condition and taken to the hospital.
The 37-year-old male driver who caused the collission admitted to police that he was smoking the drug PCP. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DWI and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
In the state of Texas, intoxication manslaughter is a term that the law uses to describe a violation where an individual who operates a motor vehicle in public while intoxicated, causes the death of another person either by mistake or by accident. According to officials, this type of offense is a second degree felony, and this felony is the reason the person who is intoxicated by alcohol or impaired by drugs would end up with time in jail.
Source: WFAA 8 ABC, "Oak Cliff family crushed by loss of mom, daughter in suspected DWI crash" Todd Unger, Mar. 27, 2014