BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It's Labor Day Weekend, and that means more people, more alcohol, and more police. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, twice the normal number of patrol officers will be on the lookout for any hiccups in traffic and general safety. And because alcohol-related accidents can be an issue after holiday festivities, police are making this a particular point of concern.
"DPS has increased DWI patrols from August the nineteenth through September the ninth - this includes the Labor Day Weekend. And DPS officers will focus in high risk locations where alcohol related crashes are most frequent. Keeping our roadways safe is a vital concern for DPS," said Texas State Trooper Maria Hernandez.
"given that more police will be patrolling the Valley for Labor Day Weekend, it's advised for drivers to be on their best behavior, especially if they've been drinking."
"If you're out there drinking and driving, you will get arrested. You can face fines of up to $2000, lose-be in jail anywhere for three to 180 days, also your driver's license will be suspended for one year, you will also have to pay a surcharge fee for $1000 for three consecutive years," said Hernandez.
And Officer Hernandez had a few final words of advice to give to drivers this holiday weekend:
"We ask the public to be responsible, drive safe, drive defensively, don't drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, make sure that you designate a sober driver," said Hernandez.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.