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Plano Police to Crackdown on DWIs Over July 4th Weekend

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), law enforcement across the nation steps up its DWI enforcement efforts every July and December, and this Fourth of July weekend, Plano PD will be on high alert for drunk drivers.

Texas has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation, and now that the Legislature has passed a bill that requires all first DWI offenders to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicles, the state has proven that it means business.

Plano PD Patrolling for Drunk Drivers

This Fourth of July weekend, all state and local police are stepping up their efforts to arrest people driving under the influence, the Plano Star Courier reports.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with local law enforcement agencies will be conducting saturation patrols, which are an increased law enforcement effort aimed at catching drunk drivers.

In a statement, DPS Director Steven McCraw urged Texans who plan to drink to designate a sober driver, or choose an alternate form of transportation. McCraw said that during this holiday, DPS troopers are increasing their patrols to keep travelers safe and dangerous drivers off the roads.

According to the DPS, during last year’s Fourth of July enforcement period, the agency arrested over 1,000 drivers for DWI, and cited over 15,000 for speeding, and nearly 2,500 people for seatbelt violations.

The upcoming DWI saturation patrols are funded partly through TxDOT grants, which provide additional funding for officers who patrol “high-risk” areas – areas which have a history of drunk driving arrests and accidents.

While the goal of saturation patrols is to deter people from drinking and driving, law enforcement officials want to stress the safety risk imposed by drunk driving. According to TxDOT, in 2014, there were a total of 2,367 alcohol-related crashes in Texas. Of those, 763 people were injured and another 92 were killed.

The Plano Star Courier reports that in 2013, Plano PD arrested 931 drivers for DWI; officers will be patrolling this weekend for suspected drunk drivers. Officer David Tilley, Plano PD’s spokesperson said that Plano essentially has a no-refusal policy year-round, and that a judge and phlebotomist are on call at all hours to issue warrants for DWI suspects’ blood.

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