HARRIS COUNTY – Several local, county and state agencies are joining forces to combat drunken driving as the New Year’s weekend begins.
Led by Mark Herman with Harris County Constable Pct. 4th Office and Sean Teare, Chief of the Motor Crimes Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, officials say they will not tolerate impaired and reckless driving this holiday weekend.
Teare said at a news conference that there will be judges, district attorneys and paramedics stationed in several areas around Harris County to streamline the booking process for drunken drivers caught by officers.
According to TxDOT, Harris County saw 24 DWI crashes that resulted in death or serious bodily injury.
“They shouldn’t be driving (these suspects) downtown to get a blood test. The officers will take them to a place where they will turn them over to an official and then they will go back to the field,” he said. “These drivers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because frankly, people , we are tired.”
Officials are urging residents to have a plan over the New Year’s weekend as follows:
You have a designated driver
Request a ride home with Lyft or Uber or a Taxi
Ask a friend or family member to pick you up
Houston Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety will have their DWI Task Force on the ground this weekend.
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