Local Law Enforcement, TxDOT Launch Drink, Drive, Go To Jail Campaign

As Labor Day weekend approaches local law enforcement is beefing up patrols to catch suspected drunk drivers.

TxDOT's Drink, Drive, Go To Jail program started August 17th and runs through Labor Day weekend.

During this time law enforcement will be working overtime to try to reduce DWI crashes.

Historically alcohol-related wrecks happen most often on Saturday mornings between 2:00 A.M. and 3:00 A.M.

"We're trying to bring attention to it to cut down on those. Last year we had seven which was better than the seven previous years we were in double digits those years but seven is still too many. One's too many, so we need to cut down on the drinking and driving," said Catherine Hejl, a TxDOT Bryan District Engineer.

The extra patrols are being funded by more than a million dollars in state and federal grant money that will fund law enforcement overtime costs throughout the state.

As part of the safety campaign TxDOT is asking drivers to pledge to find a designated driver this holiday weekend.

You can make your pledge by texting the word "choose" to 67664.

One person who makes that pledge will win a Honda Ruckus Scooter and helmet in the statewide contest.


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