If you take to the road in North Texas this holiday weekend, don’t be surprised to see an increased law enforcement presence. Police agencies that participate in the Regional Safety Summit have beefed up patrols to prevent drunk driving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving and more than a dozen law enforcement agencies make up the summit. Member police agencies will be watching for those who choose to drink and drive.
The Department of Public Safety will do its part by having all available troopers patrolling Friday through Monday in an effort to keep the traveling public safe. Drunk drivers face a greater risk of arrest.
“Holidays should be about having fun, not a knock on your door and an officer or trooper telling you your loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash,” said Assistant Director David Baker, chief of the Texas Highway Patrol. “Don’t let safety take a back seat this holiday season.”
Across the United States in 2007 (most recent figures available), there were more than 13,000 drunk driving fatalities. During the same period, more than 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
Participating Regional Safety Summit agencies that will be on increased lookout for drunk drivers on roads, freeways and tollways include: Allen PD, Burleson PD, Carrollton PD, Coppell PD, Dallas PD, Frisco PD, Irving PD, Lake Dallas PD, Lewisville PD, Plano PD, Rowlett PD, Little Elm PD, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and DPS.
All participants remind those who make the bad decision to drink and drive – “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under arrest.”