In mid-January in El Paso, a new DWI Task Force for the city began issuing large amounts of citations and making arrests for DWI's, traffic violations and even jaywalking. A total of more than 500 tickets have been issued by the new task force, whose size was increased by ten officers following a sharp spike in alcohol related accident fatalities in January.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen has added the 10 additional officers to the DWI Task Force, which operates every day of the week, in order to bolster force size on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Due to the frequency of alcohol related accidents at the end of the week, the hope is that more officers on the streets actively hunting intoxicated drivers will help reduce the number of deaths, which El Paso Police fear could reach 120 deaths by the end of the year at the current rate.
In the first week alone, 28 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated while an additional 18 minors were cited for consumption of alcohol as well as nearly 400 tickets, which were issued for other violations. Citations were also given for jaywalking in order to help keep pedestrians safe during the increase of DWI related accidents.
If you are facing charges for DWI, a conviction can have severe consequences for your immediate and long-term future. With the legal help of a skilled Plano DWI lawyer, you can formulate an effective plan for fighting your charges and increase your chances of obtaining a reduced charge or dismissed case.
At the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC we understand that not all people accused of a crime are guilty, or that the circumstances may not be as severe as the charge implies, making a different or lesser punishment more appropriate. If you have been arrested or charged for DWI, we can help. Contact a Plano DWI Attorney at our firm today for legal guidance in your case.