The holiday season is a time for family, food, festivities and celebration. For many Texas residents, this is the best time of the year. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also one of the most dangerous times of the year on roadways across the state. It’s very easy to have too many drinks at a holiday party and attempt to drive home. Yet, there is never a good excuse to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Increased law enforcement efforts
Elected officials and law enforcement are launching a safety campaign in Dallas in an effort to combat drunk driving during the holidays. The campaign will focus on public awareness along with increased patrols and law enforcement efforts. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation indicated that nearly 1,200 people were killed at the hands of drunk drivers last year. The Health Director in Dallas County said 108 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver in Dallas County alone.
According to the Dallas County DWI Task Force, Dallas County had a total of 2,259 alcohol-related crashes last year, which ranked second in the state behind Harris County. County Commissioner Elba Garcia said she hopes the safety campaign leads to increased awareness so that people will plan to have a sober driver or use public transportation. Police said they intend to send a message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.
Obtaining legal help
Just being charged with DWI is enough to ruin a person’s reputation. Being convicted can result in hefty fines along with jail time. However, those in Texas who have been charged with DWI have options available that can help them. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work to obtain the best possible outcome relative to the situation and ensure the protection of individual rights.