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Nationally speaking, teen drivers are least likely to wear seat belts, and most likely to be in car accidents. According to dmv.org, the simple act of buckling up can reduce 45 per cent of fatal crashes for front seat drivers. The Texas Department of Transportation is trying to address this by impressing upon teen drivers that driving without a seat belt is “uncool.” Especially with spring break, prom, and graduation just around the corner, TxDOT is implementing a “Teen Click It or Ticket” program in over 800 schools in the San Antonio area. The program itself is costing over $600,000 and targeting almost 800,000 students, as reported on in this article from New Braunfels Herald Zeiting. Participating high schools will receive packets that include parking banners, public address announcements, and other miscellaneous materials geared towards positive seat belt reinforcements. New Braunfels High School is included in the program, but New Braunfels ISD spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson mentioned the high school already has some seat belt measures in place. As a part of their Family Career and Community Leaders of America extracurricular program, the students involved will periodically stop random cars as they leave the parking lot to make sure they’re wearing their seat belt. Buckled students receive rewards, but if they’re not, they receive a “Dumdum” sticker. More information about the Teen Click It or Ticket program can be found here. Even with a seat belt, serious personal injuries can occur from car accidents. If you’ve received injuries from an accident, within a motor vehicle on not, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a skilled lawyer in New Braunfels today to learn more.
A 15-year-old South Texas boy facing nine counts of murder crashed a minivan loaded with 19 people in April because he was bumped by a pursuing Border Patrol vehicle, his lawyer said Thursday. The agent involved in that pursuit testified Thursday at a detention hearing in juvenile court that he only came upon the scene shortly after the April 10 crash. That countered testimony two days earlier by a Palmview resident who said he witnessed the wreck and saw the Border Patrol vehicle bump the fleeing minivan. Ultimately, Hidalgo County district Judge Jesse Contreras decided the boy, who is not being identified because he is a minor, should stay in detention pending trial. "The van was not driving 100 mph, it was not the reckless driving of this young man and the purported behavior, but in fact it was a direct result of the contact, of being run off the road by the Border Patrol agent that led to these tragic deaths," Jaime Aleman, attorney for the boy, told the judge Thursday. Prosecutor Amy Tellez had objected to the questioning of a Border Patrol agent, arguing that it did not speak to the question of probable cause that was needed to hold the boy in detention. She said it was clear that the boy was evading arrest when the crash occurred — he was arrested two days later — and that in his statement to investigators, he never mentioned being bumped by Border Patrol. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and have suffered injuries as a result, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an expert New Braunfels injury attorney at your earliest opportunity.
Last Friday, police released more details on a crash that killed one teen and injured four others when a car broke through the seawall last weekend. Irvin Ruiz, 18, the front passenger, died at the scene, and four other teenagers were hurt in the 12:08 a.m. Sunday crash in the 100 block of Seawall Boulevard near East Beach, Galveston police said. Luis Aguirre, 16, of Texas City was hospitalized and listed in critical condition on Monday at the University of Texas Medical Branch, but his condition Friday wasn’t immediately known. The other occupants had non- life-threatening injuries. The teens were leaving a gathering on East Beach and were traveling west on the seawall, police Lt. Michael Gray said. A police report released Friday states the Mustang traveled at a high rate of speed on the dry road. Witnesses said the Mustang changed lanes from left to right, and the driver lost control a short time later. The car started a side skid then went off the seawall, and all the passengers were thrown from the car, the report states. It is unclear whether the Mustang was a convertible. The car came to rest in some brush. The driver, 19, told police he couldn’t remember much about what happened in the accident, the report states. The driver was unlicensed, the report states. No charges have been filed, police said. The report states unsafe speed contributed to the crash. Police had no preliminary indication that intoxication played a role in the wreck; however, the driver voluntarily provided a blood sample for testing. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and have suffered injuries as a result, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an expert New Braunfels injury attorney at your earliest opportunity.