Spring Break impaired driving enforcement underway

Spring Break impaired driving enforcement underway
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:22am

In 2013, Spring Break DUI-alcohol related fatalities in Texas were up over 23 percent compared to Texas Spring Break 2012. So with the 2014 Spring Break on the horizon, it’s more important than ever for motorists to be aware of roadway safety. That’s why the Brownsville Police Department is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies across Texas and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to eliminate drunk driving. The associated media campaign will kick off this week and run through the end of March. Extra officers will be out in force throughout the city from March 07, 2013 to March 23, 2014.

We would like to remind people that you might don’t recognize the impact that one or two drinks can have on their ability to operate a vehicle. Alcohol slows your reaction time, reduces your ability to properly gauge speed or distance from other objects and makes it difficult to focus on the road.

The 2014 Texas Spring Break traffic safety campaign's key message is "DWI Hangovers Don’t Go Away." This slogan is designed to caution young adults to think twice before they drink and drive, by reminding them of the severe and long-lasting consequences. Driving while intoxicated can result in driver license revocation, time in jail, financial headaches, career derailment, social isolation, physical injuries, and even death.

The legal limit in Texas for intoxication is .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration.) However, when a law enforcement officer has probable cause, based on the driver’s behavior, drivers can be arrested with a BAC below .08. If a driver is stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol, they may face up to $17,000 in fines and fees-- an estimate based on legal fees, fines, impoundment and other costs.

The Brownsville Police Department, participating agencies and TxDOT remind drivers to always plan ahead for a sober ride. For more “DWI Hangovers Don’t Go Away” campaign details, visit the TxDOT website http://www.txdot.gov/driver/sober-safe/college-young-adult.html

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