Police plan clampdown on drunk drivers

March 9th, 2019

Harris County Constable Phil Sandlin has put together plans for a “Spring Break DWI Initiative” — a collaborative effort by Precinct 8 and 18 other area law enforcement agency partners aimed to seek out and arrest intoxicated drivers across eastern and southern Harris County.

This will be a consolidated effort by 18 law enforcement agencies in eastern and southern Harris County to seek out and arrest intoxicated drivers during the upcoming Spring Break holiday which begins March 9.

Precinct 8, along with each agency taking part, is committed to decreasing the number of drunk driving fatalities in Harris County, Sandlin explained.

“For way too long, we have continued to see drunk drivers injuring and killing citizens on area roadways throughout the county. The purpose of this initiative is to not only seek out and arrest those people who choose to drink and drive, but to raise community awareness about this serious issue. We want people to know that there are severe consequences for choosing to drink and drive and to know that if they do, officers and deputies will be there to arrest them.”

Sandlin is asking that citizens who choose to drink, do so responsibly. “Don’t get behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. There are so many other options available to make sure you get home safe. Choose a designated driver before you go out or plan to call a taxi or rideshare. It could very well save your life or the life of others on the road.

“With Harris County leading the nation in the number of DWI related fatalities, we must do everything in our power to keep this problem from continuing.

That is why we are doing this initiative and that is why you will continue to see more of these types of initiatives going forward. Every law enforcement agency taking part in this Spring Break initiative has made a commitment to aggressively enforce DWI laws and aim make it clear to the public that we are taking a stand.”

Participating agencies are: the Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 8, the Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 2, the Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 3, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Deer Park Police Department, the La Porte Police Department, the Pasadena Police Department, the South Houston Police Department, the Seabrook Police Department, the Nassau Bay Police Department, the Lakeview Police Department, the Morgans Point Police Department, the Shoreacres Police Department, the Friendswood Police Department, the Webster Police Department and the Baytown Police Department

Spring Breakers are warned about driving while impaired

March 8th, 2019

Spring Break is a dangerous time on Texas roads, with hundreds of impaired driving crashes involving young drivers occurring each year. As college students and young adults head to Spring Break destinations in the coming weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to make a plan for a sober ride before the party starts.

Drinking alcohol and driving can severely impact a young person’s future. Many promising lives are cut short due to the poor decision to drink alcohol and drive,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We urge young drivers to make responsible choices during the Spring Break holiday. Before heading out, please plan ahead for a sober ride to ensure you get to and from your destination safely.”

During last year’s Spring Break* in Texas, there were 444 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 11 people and seriously injured another 37.

The “Plan While You Can” campaign includes a statewide tour featuring the new “Plan to Win” virtual reality game where participants are a part of an immersive trivia game which poses questions related to drinking alcohol and driving, and also demonstrates the consequences of drunk driving. Players avoid “jail” by answering questions correctly, and winners progress to a waiting taxi to receive a safe and sober ride. The experience will visit 10 Texas cities during March.

While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. Visit SoberRides.org to find alternatives to drinking alcohol and driving, such as:

  • Designating a sober driver or calling someone for a sober ride home
  • Contacting a cab or ride-share service
  • Using mass transit
  • Spending the night

“Plan While You Can” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTXa larger grassroots effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while on the road. Since Nov. 7, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day and that’s why #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to helping end the streak of daily deaths on our roadways.