Drinking and driving? Troopers are Looking for You

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

BRYAN, Texas Spring break is in full swing, and unfortunately, so are alcohol-related deaths.

"If you go to our 2012 fatality stats, 32 percent of our fatality accidents were caused by a driver that was under the influence of alcohol," said Jimmy Morgan with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The numbers were just as grim a year later. More than 1,000 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes.

It's no surprise the number of DUI arrests goes up during spring break, especially in towns known to attract big spring-break crowds.

According to a recent study, the average number of serious crashes in Cameron County, where South Padre Island is located, doubles during spring break.

In Aransas, Nueces and San Patricio Counties, which includes Port Aransas and Corpus Christi, the number of serious crashes skyrockets 70 percent.

Morgan said if you plan to drink and drive, they'll be looking for you.

"Any officer that has somebody stopped and smells the odor of alcohol has the right to investigate and do certain field sobriety tests," said Morgan.

Morgan said there's no absolute formula to figure out if you've had too much to drink.

"Alcohol effects people any different ways," said Morgan. "Body weight, water weight, of a person has a lot to do with the absorption. So the same amount is not so for every person."

A typical "Class B" DWI could cost you up to two-thousand dollars, 180 days in jail and possibly a suspension of your license.

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