Local law enforcement agencies cracking down on drunk drivers

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 5:16 PM

HOUSTON – Local law enforcement agencies are launching a joint initiative against drunk-driving, beginning on June 10.

Starting Friday and lasting through the July 4 holiday weekend, HPD and 23 other participating agencies from Montgomery, Harris and Fort Bend counties will have an increased presence throughout the region to target drunk-driving offenders.

This unprecedented initiative is designed to reduce drunk-driving accidents and associated fatalities by a combination of public education and a heightened enforcement of drinking and driving offenses. 

Harris County leads the nation in alcohol-related fatalities, and in Houston, more than 50 percent of fatal accidents are caused by drunk drivers.     

"We like to be number one in a lot of things but we don’t want to be number one in this category. DWI is 100 percent preventable, no excuses. If you know you’re going to drink, get a designated driver," HPD Capt. Carl Driskell said. 

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