Thursday, May 05, 2005

Austin Police Department Launches Corazon Azul

Austin Police Officer are taking aim at a certain group, and they freely admit doing so.

The Hispanic Police Officers Association says traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for Hispanics under the age of 24.

It's why police are promoting Corazon Azul, a DWI-awareness initiative which focuses on the Hispanic community.

The officers are collaborating with Hispanic organizations and others to make sure people are educated about traffic safety.

Austin Police say 2004 was a deadly year for Hispanic drivers.

"Forty-four percent of those arrested for DWI were Hispanic. Also 30 percent of those who died in traffic collisions were Hispanic. We see that as a big problem the community, and we're stepping forward to do our part," APD Lt. Ernest Pedraza said.

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