Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Aug 15, 2014 in Auto Accidents
With Labor Day just around the corner, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced it will be cracking down on drunk drivers this year due to the high number of accidents the state saw in 2013.
Now, TxDOT, in partnership with the Taylor County Sheriffs Office, is reminding the public about the dangers of drinking while driving in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities usually seen around the holiday weekend.
Texas highways will see an increased police presence from Friday, August 15 through Monday, September 1, the actual date of the holiday. Within this two-week period, TxDOT will run its Drink. Drive. Go to Jail. campaign to keep drivers aware of the severity of the consequences they may face if they make the wrong decision. During this time, the department will be running a No Refusal campaign, which makes a blood test mandatory for any driver who is stopped and suspected of drinking.
The department tells drivers to plan ahead to avoid a drunk driving scenario: call a cab, designate a driver, ask a family member or simply stay where you are.
During last years Labor Day celebrations, Texas had 392 drunk-driving related crashes resulting in 16 deaths and 160 serious injuries. This number comprised nearly half of the accidents over the course of the entire weekend.
Drunk driving is a serious offense in Texas. A DUI conviction may mean jail time in addition to a fine of up to $2,000.
If you've been hit by a Texas drunk driver, or if you lost a loved one in a crash where the driver was intoxicated, the drunk driving accident lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings can help you today.
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Stay safe this Labor Day weekend and plan your driving situation now!