HPD DWI Task Force to Increase Holiday Enforcement
May 26, 2006 -- The Houston
Police Department DWI Task Force will be taking aim at those who
drink and drive this Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally
serves as the beginning of summer and a time when more people
are out and driving on our
roadways. Officers will be keeping a watchful eye on all major
streets and highways in order to reduce alcohol-related accidents
that could lead to deaths.
The Houston Police Department will have additional
officers today (Friday, May 26) through Tuesday, May 30, 2006,
working DWI enforcement as a result of two Texas Department of
Transportation grants. The officers will work with the HPD DWI
Unit with the objective to remove intoxicated drivers from our
streets and highways. For those who plan to celebrate the Memorial
Day weekend and consume alcoholic beverages, HPD urges them to
select a designated driver or take a taxicab. HPD's enforcement
efforts are targeted at keeping our city streets safe, and those
who put our citizens at risk by driving while under the influence
of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to spend the night in jail.
According to the latest statistics from Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Memorial Day weekend is one
of the deadliest holidays on the roads. In 2004, 358 people died
in traffic-related fatalities in the United States, 174 of those
were related to alcohol. Last year, during the three day holiday
weekend, Houston had one traffic fatality. This year, our goal
is to decrease this number to zero.
HPD, along with every area law enforcement agency
in the Houston Harris County area, will be actively looking for
you if you drink and drive.
Anyone who observes someone driving while under
the influence should immediately call 9-1-1.
For additional information,
please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.