Thursday, August 18, 2005

Texas Joins the Nation in Crackdown on Drunk Driving; Law Enforcement Agencies Statewide To Participate

With Labor Day and the last surge of summer road trips just two weeks away, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced today that Texas will be part of a coast-to-coast effort to remove drunk drivers from the nation's streets and highways. Between August 19 and September 5, state troopers and thousands of local law enforcement officers will be stepping up enforcement of the state's DWI laws.

"We're putting drivers on notice: if you drink and drive during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, you're asking for trouble," said Steve Simmons, TxDOT's Deputy Executive Director. "TxDOT is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement organizations statewide to get drunk drivers off the road."

"The national crackdown is a comprehensive impaired driving prevention effort focused on highly visible enforcement, public awareness, and paid media to deter impaired driving," said Georgia S. Chakiris, regional administrator for NHTSA. "Travelers in Texas and across the nation will see plenty of officers getting impaired drivers out from behind the wheel and into jail."

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