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Drunk driving takes center stage at APD symposium

Drunk driving, death on our roads and making the streets safer was the focus last night in a symposium hosted by the Austin Police Department.

Drunks on the roads was the biggest concern voiced by residents who turned out to give their two cents to city officials. Sarah Levine with ATX Safer Streets is pushing for more ways to get drunks off the roads, including more transportation and parking options, "When you're driving home from working at the end of the night, pretty much everyone on the road is intoxicated. It's a sad fact, but it's the way Austin operates."

Levine is pushing for the city to allow companies like Uber and Lyft to be allowed to operate in Austin legally. The city has already stopped ticketing people who leave their car parked in downtown overnight.

Police Chief Art Acevedo says Austinies need to get serious about punishing those who do get behind the wheel when they are drunk, "There are times that when I look at cases where people are dying, being killed in violent crashes by someone that got drunk, someone got behind that wheel, and someone in a very violent crash takes the life of innocent people, and they get probation. That's outrageous. And I know some of these jury's are thinking, "Well that's not me." Well next time it may be you."

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