Houston Police Department
HPD Reminds Motorists: Don't Get "Popped" During 4th of July Festivities

June 26, 2014 - Starting TOMORROW (Friday, June 27) through July 7, the Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division will kick off the Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) 4th of July DWI initiative in various areas throughout the city.

Additional officers will be deployed at high-risk locations around the Houston area to conduct DWI enforcement efforts during times that alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. Primary emphasis will be placed on increasing DWI arrests in an attempt to reduce drunk-driving fatalities. There will be an increased law enforcement presence to ensure everyone enjoys 4th of July celebrations in a responsible manner.

From June 27 through July 7, 2013 HPD reported nine fatal accidents, four of which were alcohol related.

HPD Sergeant R. Gonzales, of the Traffic Enforcement Division's DWI Unit, discusses on how these tragic accidents can be avoided. His remarks can be viewed on the HPD YouTube Channel athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3NMG6IjZbA and in Spanish at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZJzhMsWjO8

All motorists are reminded the "No Refusal" program with mandatory blood draws is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please do the right thing and have a designated driver or call a cab to take you home. If you drive under the influence, be prepared to go to jail and learn the high price attached to a DWI charge.

VHS/JFC 6-26-14

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