There’s no place to hide for drunk drivers this Labor Day weekend. As part of the North Texas Tollway Authority’s Safe-T-Buzz program, the NTTA wants to advise motorists the Texas Department of Public Safety is beefing up patrols and watching roadways across North Texas to prevent drunk driving over the holiday. Drunk drivers risk their lives and the lives of others and face an increased risk of arrest.
All available Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be out on Texas roadways from Friday through Monday night during the Labor Day holiday. The increased enforcement is part of a program that places focused DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving cites research showing high-visibility enforcement campaigns reduce drunk driving fatalities by 20 percent.
Drivers who break the law are forewarned, “If you are driving and are found to be impaired, you will be arrested,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw.
During similar enforcement during last year’s Labor Day holiday, troopers arrested 718 people for DWI, wrote 12,065 speeding citations, handed out 2,056 seat belt/child restraint tickets and issued 1,943 no-insurance citations across the state.
During the Labor Day holiday, DPS also participates in Operation CARE – Combined Accident Reduction Effort – a nationwide effort by police agencies to reduce fatalities during holidays.
DPS and NTTA officials remind those who make the bad decision to drink and drive – “Drink. Drive. Go to jail.”