DPS patrols the roads during Labor Day weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/09

DPS patrols the roads during Labor Day weekend

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you plan to celebrate this Labor Day weekend with a few drinks, the Texas Department of Public Safety asks you to be smart when on the road. Find a sober ride because all available troopers are on duty all weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, and seatbelt violators.

A DWI conviction stays on an offender's criminal and driving record forever. For the first offense, the law allows a maximum of six months in jail, a $2,000 fine and a one year driver license suspension. A DWI conviction also carries a $1,000 surcharge for three years, in addition to any other fines or costs associated with the arrest.

During Labor Day weekend last year, DPS troopers arrested 623 people for driving while intoxicated and issued more than 10,000 speeding citations and 2,500 seat belt and child restraint tickets.

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