The Sheriff’s office in Travis County has indicated they are putting extra manpower on the streets in an effort to curb drinking drivers.
Likewise, Harris County Constables are stepping up efforts to arrest impaired drivers in the greater Houston area.
Particularly targeted will be drivers who are 21 years old and younger and any other driver who appears to be under the influence.
Harris County Precinct 4 is working with the Texas DOT and also the NHTSA for the DWI STEP Program.
The motto is zero tolerance alcohol laws for minors and according to a spokesman for the precinct, if there is any detectable alcohol with a minor operating a motor vehicle they will be arrested.
“If an officer pulls you over (a minor) and smells alcohol on you, that is grounds for an arrest.“
Assistant Chief Mark Herman.
The no refusal policy will be implemented in the month of March to combat the expected increase in drinking drivers with the Houston rodeo and spring break.
In the no refusal program, the officers are able to obtain a search warrant to take blood from any suspected drinking driver should they refuse a breath test or refuse to give a blood sample voluntarily.
St. Patrick’s Day is also a big weekend for drinking drivers. According to reports, they were a huge number of drinking related accidents in the month of March in the greater Houston area. Last year, 590 people were arrested and there were two fatal accidents, which involved alcohol.
If you see someone who is driving obviously impaired call 911 to report the incident.
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