The city of Austin is reviewing the intoxicated driving accident that rocked the music festival, South by Southwest, last March in order to improve safety conditions, according to FOX DFW. A 21-year-old performer, Rashad Owens, drove through a crowd at the event, killing four people and injuring 20 others. Owens is now facing capitol murder charges as a result of the incident. The SXSW staff, the TABC, and the city of Austin are now working to reduce overcrowding, the amount of free alcohol available, and a lack of traffic control for next year. Citing that many of problems occur the outlying events, Bill Manno, Austin’s Special Events Program Manager, stated that temporary permits would no longer be automatically approved. Additionally, the report recommends extra lighting on 6th street and increasing the number of public assembly personnel.
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