As of late, many Texans have one thing on their mind: Spring Break. Spring Break means a chance to take a break and relax. For many Texans, as well as vacationers visiting Texas, part of relaxation is enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Texas authorities are aware of this and as a result have increased the patrol and crack down of drunk drivers during Spring Break.
Funding for this increased patrol is provided by The Texas Department of Transportation. During the Spring Break period last year, this funding lead to an increase in the number of arrests -- 380 of the over 1,200 DWI arrests were attributed to the increased funding.
Up through this Sunday, Texas Highway Patrol will be monitoring all across the state, but in high-risk locations particularly, for drunk drivers. Increased patrollers will be particularly vigilant during the hours that drinking-related collisions are most likely to occur. Statistics from the previous year would indicate there is likely to be an increased number of arrests and drivers should use caution.
It is important for Texas residents, as well as those visiting Texas on spring break, to be cautious when drinking not just through Sunday but at all times. The consequences of a DWI are severe and can have lasting impacts.
Texas Highway Patrol hopes that this increased surveillance will lead to safer roads and a safe spring break for those living in and visiting Texas. The chief of Texas Highway Patrol remarked, "Getting impaired drivers off the road during Spring Break will make the roads safer and protect lives."
Source: KETK NBC, "Texas DPS: watch out for drunk drivers during Spring Break," Mar. 8, 2012