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Austin Police Holding Summit Tuesday To Curb Drunk Driving

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 07:53 AM CDT
On Tuesday night, months after Chief Art Acevedo called for a summit to help battle drunk driving in Austin, police are making it happen. They're working with more than a dozen agencies to stop impaired and aggressive driving.

It remains a problem not just in Austin, but across the area as a whole. There were 1,610 crashes where alcohol was involved in Travis County in 2013, according to TxDOT, along with 303 in Williamson County, 222 in Hays County, and dozens more in counties across Central Texas.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmer Events Center, Austin Police are teaming up with more than a dozen other local, state, and regional agencies to figure out how to make Austin roads safer. Some ideas that have been brought up before include more taxis, overnight parking downtown, more late-night public transportation options, and harsher punishments for people who break the law. Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have also been discussed as options. Both are operating in Austin, though they are still illegal. City Council is looking into ways to regulate them.

Police say they really want to hear from the public on this issue. Those who want to speak should sign up at the Palmer Events Center between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Each person will have three minutes to speak. The summit runs until 8 p.m.
Austin Police Holding Summit Tuesday To Curb Drunk Driving

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