NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – This Labor Day weekend, The Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” campaign is in full swing reminding motorists that drinking and driving don’t mix.
The campaign’s enforcement period runs Saturday through Monday (Labor Day) and coincides with the national increased enforcement period sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
During this time, Texas law enforcement officers step up their vigilance to arrest drunk drivers.
In support of the “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” campaign, statewide law enforcement will have extra police officers on the streets patrolling and looking out for drunk drivers.
The culmination of summer’s end and Labor Day weekend sometimes leads to poor decisions made by drivers, according to TxDOT. During this 2014 Labor Day “no-refusal” period, police can request a warrant from a judge – on duty 24 hours a day – in order to draw blood from suspected drunk drivers whether they consent or not.
“Drinking and driving puts you – and others – at risk of being killed or injured,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “At the very least, you can face expensive fines, jail time and loss of your driver’s license. It’s just not worth it and it’s entirely preventable.”
TxDOT also has developed SoberRides.org to help people quickly and easily find sober alternatives to drinking and driving. Options include:
· Calling a taxi
· Using mass transit
· Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home
· Staying put
According to data from TxDot’s, in 2013, DUI-alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounted for one in three of all Texas roadway deaths. During last year’s Labor Day weekend in Texas, nearly half (16) of the 35 holiday traffic fatalities were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol.
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