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Dozens Arrested in Recent Drunk Driving Crackdown

March 30, 2007 -- The Houston Police Department participated in the Texas Department of Transportation Impaired Driving Mobilization program aimed at arresting persons for driving while under the influence. The program was open to any officer, department wide, who had completed the DWI certification course.

The program, which ran from March 9 through March 19, produced the following results:

126 DWI arrests
56 other arrests which included:
35 for city warrants
nine for driving while license suspended
one for felony endangering a child
one for intoxication assault
one for evading arrest
one for resisting arrest
one for carrying a prohibited weapon

In addition to these arrests, officers also wrote 57 speeding citations, 37 hazardous moving violations and 160 various other citations.

“Proactive DWI enforcement saves lives. It’s that simple,” said HPD Traffic Division Sergeant David Thomas. During the spring break period last year, eight people were killed in traffic accidents in the City of Houston, compared to four people killed on our roadways during that period this year. “Proactive enforcement with the assistance of the media saves lives,” Sgt. Thomas said. “The HPD, Texas Department of Transportation, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are working together to prevent deaths due to DWI. Don’t drink and drive and don’t let your friends drink and drive.”

GO/JFC 3-30-07

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.