SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO INCREASE PATROLS DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO INCREASE PATROLS DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

“Plan While You Can” increased enforcement effort runs through Sept. 2, 2019

August 29, 2019

El Paso, TX – As part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” Labor Day campaign, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement officers across Texas will increase DWI patrols to identify and stop impaired drivers.

The campaign aims to decrease crashes and save lives by urging drivers to plan a sober ride as part of their holiday weekend festivities. The increased enforcement runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019.

“Labor Day marks the end of summer, which can mean one last celebration or vacation before the end of the season, and spending time with family and friends,” said Richard D. Wiles, Sheriff. “If drinking alcohol is a part of your Labor Day weekend plans, be sure to also plan ahead for a sober ride before you drink. Don’t ruin the holiday weekend for yourself or someone else.”

During last year’s Labor Day holiday weekend* in Texas, there were 328 crashes involving drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed eight people and seriously injured another 25.

While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves and others, they could also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and TxDOT strongly encourage everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit SoberRides.org to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

· Designating a sober driver or calling someone for a sober ride home.

· Contacting a cab or ride-share service.

· Using mass transit.

· Spending the night.

*The information contained in this report represents reportable data collected from the Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3). This information was received and processed by the department as of July 24, 2019.

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Published 29 August 2019 04:51 PM by leantunez

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