Texas Law Enforcement Cracks Down On Drunk
Drivers This Holiday Season
Titus County, Texas — Texas law
enforcement is ramping up patrols to combat drunk driving this holiday season.
Officers statewide will work thousands of extra hours in December to help keep
people safe on the roadways. Texas is participating in the national enforcement crackdown sponsored by
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The period of
intensified national enforcement will run from December 19 to January 2.
If Titus County Sheriff deputies suspect a driver has been drinking, the driver will be pulled over. During the holiday
season, drivers who get pulled over can expect to have their sobriety tested in
all suspected intoxicated driving stops. In addition to jail time, drivers who are
arrested for driving while intoxicated can face fines, fees, and associated
costs of up to $17,000. The legal limit
in Texas for intoxication is .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, when a law
enforcement officer has probable cause based on the driver’s behavior, drivers
can be arrested with a BAC below .08.
“Don’t make one bad decision that could
ruin the rest of your life — or someone else’s life,” said Titus County Sheriff
Office Lieutenant Terry McDowell “Smart party-goers plan for a sober ride before
they ever leave the house.”
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) encourages Texans to give the gift
of a sober ride this holiday season. It’s a gift that could save a life while
also protecting drivers from the formidable legal and financial troubles that
can result from drinking and driving. SoberRides.org is one way to find a safe
Driving under the influence of alcohol
(DUI-alcohol) can have tragic consequences. According to TxDOT, there were over 2,300 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in Texas last holiday season (Dec. 1, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014) resulting in 763 serious injuries and 92 fatalities. Compared to the previous year, there was a 6.6 percent decrease in DUI-alcohol crashes and an 8.9 percent decrease in DUI-alcohol traffic fatalities in Texas. These decreases are encouraging, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
hope that increased visibility by law enforcement this holiday season can save
lives on the road," said Titus County
Sheriff Office Lieutenant Terry McDowell.
In Loving Memory of Constable Cleveland Johnson
05/03/1957 - 08/28/2014
In Loving Memory of Trey Abston
12/02/1967 - 07/05/2011
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