"Operation Holiday" Takes Effect This Weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/27/05

"Operation Holiday" Takes Effect This Weekend

DPS troopers say your chances of getting arrested or ticketed during the holiday weekends doubles. This year, law enforcement hopes people will make the right choice not to drink and drive.

"Operation Holiday" is a time when DPS troopers, all over the state, increase patrols. In Lubbock, officers will monitor roads that are heavily traveled like Interstate 27 looking for drunk drivers.

"I've been doing this for 20 years.  I don't understand or comprehend how people can make those decisions," said Corporal John Gonzalez with the Department of Public Safety. 

Gonzalez explains how DWI can kill, but also its domino effect on people, including the officers and medics involved.  "It still impacts us as a family because due to the fact we go home to our family (after we work a crash scene) and we've just dealt with someone's death.  It is unfortunate," he said. 

Gonzalez just hopes that this year before people make the bad choice to drive drunk that they think about the consequences.   "We'd much rather see you get home than not at all or in a body bag," said Gonzalez.

"Operation Holiday begins Friday and ends New Years night. Officers have been instructed to use zero tolerance and you will go to jail if you are caught.

Here are some tips for a safe New Years Eve:

  • Don't drink
  • Give your keys to a friend
  • Plan ahead for a safe ride home
  • Call a Taxi to pick you up and take you home

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