Grants Allow for Increased DWI Patrols Prior to
Labor Day Holiday
August 18 , 2006 -- Beginning
this evening (August 18), the Houston Police Department will initiate
a DWI Labor Day crackdown in an effort to keep our roadways safer.
This Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant-funded program
will be in conjunction with the regular DWI patrol units that
work the streets. The program will be in effect from tonight (Friday,
Aug. 18) thru Monday, September 4th (Labor Day).
The Houston Police Department was awarded a $70,000
grant from TxDOT in order to beef up DWI enforcement during this
time period. The program will enable the police department to
have additional specialized, trained officers on the streets every
night during this time period to remove those drivers suspected
of being DWI.
This program is an ongoing endeavor of the Houston Police Department
and TxDOT in order to crack down on drunk driving and is part
of a larger program the HPD participates in every year. The police
department also utilizes TxDOT funds from a Holiday DWI grant-funded
program throughout the year. This additional $70,000 will be utilized
during the Labor Day holiday period only. The HPD has also teamed
up with MADD to fight the ongoing DWI problem. According to MADD,
Harris County leads the nation in the number of people killed
by drunken drivers. This year the enforcement period has been
extended to address all the additional motorists who will be on
the streets. Officers will have a no tolerance policy for underage
drinking and driving.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division a