POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 4:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 8:14am
MCALLEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The message has always been clear: drink, drive, and go to jail. But now the controversial push for DWI checkpoints in Texas has many upset and believing it violates their fourth amendement rights: on the other there's those that are all for it.
Cyntha Delgado and Melinda Melo are UTPA students and they say, "I think DWI checkpoints are okay, I personally don't feel comforable driving next to a drunk driver on the road. " Melo: "I think it can be very infringing and intrusive, because it can potentially even affect traffic that can go through an area and people wouldn't want to go near there, because there's checkpoints."
Despite strong opinions, the fact is drunk driving in 2010 killed more than 10,000 people, that is one every 52 minutes. Those stats are according to MADD, Mother's Against Drunk Driving.
Here in Texas it's hitting hard at home, one our own county's Harris County, has consistently been named the drunk driving capital of America.
and locally it's also a concern.
Sgt. Rolando Garcia of the San Juan Police Department says, "If a big holiday is coming up like memorial day weekend, we will put extra officers out on the road, just to try to mimimize and alleviate some of that drunk driving on the roads."
However, it's not only during holidays, officers say they're on the look out for impaired drivers.
Meanwhile the spike has many concerned, which is why some believe DWI checkpoints should be allowed in Texas, they say if you have nothing to hide, you should have nothing to fear.
In the state of Texas sobriety checkpoints aren't allowed, they are legal in 38 other states, but have been outlawed in Texas since the State's top criminal court ruled in an Arlington case nearly 18-years ago that they're unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, as kids are approaching summer break, some feel there is the potential concern more kids could be drinking and driving on our highways.