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Drink, Drive, go to Jail warnings not just from DPS

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By Christie Post - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The holiday season is when some people make time to be with family and loved ones, but for the Texas Department of Public Safety, it's the time to increase patrols targeting driving while intoxicated (DWI) violators in high risk locations.

DPS will increase DWI patrols that will run from Tuesday, December 21, to Saturday January 1 all across the state.

During the Christmas holiday last year, DPS troopers statewide arrested 350 drivers for drunk driving.

The Texas Department of Transportation gave a grant to DPS to run special patrols targeting impaired driving during this time of the year.

However, DPS is not the only one campaigning for safer roads, TxDOT started their campaign Tuesday using their signs to encourage people to not drink and drive.

For the 13th consecutive year, TxDOT is displaying six signs all around Lubbock with the message: Drink, Drive, Go to Jail. "We're asking motorists, don't drink and drive," said Dianah Ascencio, TxDOT Public Information Officer.

The holiday-themed campaign uses Santa and his reindeer to remind Texans to not get behind the wheel after drinking. "We have posters, we have coasters some bars across the state actually have a jukebox that display our "don't drink and drive" message. We've used Santa and his reindeer in the past," said Ascencio.

Last year there were more than 12,400 alcohol related crashes in Texas that killed 956 motorists and injured nearly 18,000; which is why TxDOT has partnered with law enforcement statewide to find and arrest impaired drivers. "You can have a pothole free road, but when you have somebody out there that's drunk it's not a safe road," said Ascencio.

TxDOT said even a little bit of holiday cheer can impair your driving. Bottom line, they said let someone else take the reins. "Call a friend, somebody you trust that you know hasn't been drinking, call a cab, take the bus, or stay where you are," said Ascencio.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) 

First Offense:

  • Up to $2,000 fine
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Loss of driver's license
  • $1,000 annual surcharge for three years to retain driver's license.

Second Offense:

  • Up to $4,000 fine
  • Up to one year in jail upon conviction
  • Loss of driver's license up to two years
  • Mandatory five days in jail if defendant receives probation
  • $1,500 surcharge for three years to retain driver's license

Third Offense:

  • Up to $10,000 fine
  • Two to 10 years in prison
  • Mandatory 10-60 days in jail if defendant receives probation
  • Loss of driver's license up to two years
  • $2,000 annual surcharge for three years to retain driver's license

DWI with a Child Passenger:

  • Up to $10,000 fine
  • Up to two years in a state jail
  • Loss of driver's license for 180 days

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