March 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Texas Officials Crack Down on Drunken Driving Over Holidays
Article provided by Gray Granberry & Jones, Attorneys at Law
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The Fourth of July, Labor Day and New Years Eve are holidays that are often associated with parties and celebrations. Unfortunately, sometimes partaking in too much holiday cheer and driving home can lead to a holiday spent under arrest for driving while intoxicated, or a DWI.
Many states increase the presence of police officers patrolling the streets during these holidays in an attempt to remove drunk drivers from the roadways. During the Labor Day weekend of 2012, Texas officials increased the number of officers on duty specifically to crack down on drinking and driving.
This effort was supported by the Texas Department of Transportation with a "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." campaign. The campaign began the month before Labor Day weekend and, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, resulted in the arrest of almost 2,000 drivers for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Labor Day weekend is not the only time states increase the presence of enforcement officers. In the past, states have also increased enforcement between the dates of December 21st and January 1st in an effort to cut down on drunk driving during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Some areas increase enforcement efforts by adding DWI checkpoints while others put more officers on duty. Regardless of the methods used, it is important to be aware of the likely increase to ensure your holiday celebrations are not hindered with an alcohol related criminal charge.
Penalties Associated with a DUI in Texas
A DUI conviction can come with steep penalties, including mandatory jail time. As a result, it is important to take any DUI or DWI charge seriously.
A first-time conviction results in a mandatory jail sentence of at least 72 hours and can extend up to six months. A monetary fine of $2,000 can also be issued, as well as suspension of the driver's license for 3 months to 1 year.
Penalties increase with additional convictions. A second conviction can lead to imprisonment of up to one year, a $4,000 fine and suspension of the driver's license from 6 months to 2 years. Subsequent charges can result in even more harsh penalties, including felony convictions.
If you or a loved one is charged with a DUI or DWI, it is important to take the charges seriously. In order to better ensure you receive the best possible resolution to these charges, contact an experienced DWI/DUI defense attorney.---
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