HARRIS COUNTY – Several state, county and local agencies are coming together to combat drunk driving as New Year’s weekend begins.
Led by Mark Herman with Harris County Constable Pct. 4’s Office and Sean Teare, Chief of the Vehicle Crimes Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, officials say they will not tolerate reckless and reckless driving this holiday weekend.
Teare said at a news conference that judges, district attorneys and nurses will be stationed in various areas of Harris County to expedite the process of registering drunk drivers caught by officers.
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According to TxDOT, Harris County saw 24 DWI crashes that resulted in death or serious bodily injury.
“They don’t have to drive (these suspects) downtown to get a blood test. The officers will take them to a location where they will hand them over to an officer and then they will return to the field,” he said. “These drivers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because frankly folks, we’re tired.”
Officials urge residents to have a plan over New Year’s weekend such as the following:
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 own DWI task force in the field this weekend.
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