Houston Police To Step Up DWI Efforts During Holiday
December 21, 2006 --The holiday
season between Thanksgiving and New Year's is one of the deadliest
and most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired
driving. That's why the Houston Police Department is stepping
up enforcement beginning tomorrow (Friday, December 22).
"We will be getting impaired drivers off
the road, making holiday travel safer for everyone," said
HPD Sergeant David Thomas of the Traffic Division. "Our message
to drivers and motorcycle operators through the holiday period
is simple: 'Drink, Drive, Go To Jail," Thomas said.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) records show that 45 percent of Texas' crash fatalities
in 2005 were alcohol related.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), 1,201 people across America, just during
the month of December 2005, were killed in highway crashes involving
a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol content (BAC)
level of .01 or higher. In these crashes, 1,033 involved a driver
with an illegal BAC level of .08 or above.
As a city and county, Houston/Harris County leads
all of the most populated counties in the nation for per capita
deaths as a result of alcohol related crashes. 'Driving a passenger
vehicle or riding a motorcycle impaired by alcohol or drugs is
not worth the risk. You are putting your own life and the lives
of others on the line. And, you are inviting arrest and a criminal
record,' said Sgt. Thomas. 'Alcohol impaired violators often face
jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance
rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney
fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost
time at work,' Thomas said.
Impaired driving is no accident - nor is it a
victimless crime. In 2005, nearly 13,000 people died in highway
crashes involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC
of .08 or higher, according to the NHTSA. 'The victims were not
simply traffic statistics. They were normal, everyday people who
did not come home at all, and their families were changed forever,'
added Sgt. Thomas.
For more information, please visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at