RELEASE: EPCSO TO INCREASE DWI PATROLS

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing DWI patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. 

Beginning Friday, June 26 – July 7, Sheriff’s Deputies will be focusing on DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.  “The Fourth of July weekend is a patriotic time to celebrate responsibly, don’t drink and drive!

Use designated drivers; our Deputies will be out in full force keeping El Paso roadways safe,” says Sheriff Richard Wiles.  “One drink is too many, when getting behind the wheel; this is a NO-REFUSAL County and we will be out looking for DWIs.”

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2009 to 2013), 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period. 

The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  According to TxDOT, Independence Day traditionally ranks among the deadliest holiday periods on Texas highways as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

Published 23 June 2015 04:46 PM by lantunez

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