Law Enfrocement cracking down on drunk drivers

Every two minutes someone is injured in an accident involving a drunk driver. Law enforcement agencies in Central Texas are hoping to help change that.

Labor Day weekend is a time to have fun in the sun with music, friends, food, and sometimes, alcohol.

"You don't have to be legally drunk to have problems behind the wheel. That's just a number law officers use .08, you'll remember that, but just one drink can affect your judgement, your reflexes, your vision and as you're driving a 300 pound vehicle, it doesn't take much to distract you or help you get into an accident.," said Chris Bishop, with the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

 
For those who do indulge in a little liquor, Central Texas law enforcement officers would like to remind everyone to plan ahead.
 
"If you're going to have fun and it's going to involve alcohol, have a plan, get a designated driver, plan for public transportation, maybe a ridesharing service," said Bishop. 
 
The combination of alcohol and vehicles can be a deadly one. 
 
Last year, 21 people were killed and 42 seriously injured in alcohol related crashes over the Labor Day Holiday and 144 people were taken to jail for driving while intoxicated. 
 
"Last year in Texas there were 24,410 crashes involving alcohol and well over 1,000 people died as a result of those crashes. Anything that keeps those crashes from happening sure sounds like a good idea," Bishop said. 
 
The problem isn't only on land. Drinking and boating can be just as deadly. Last year, Texas Game Wardens took 163 people to jail for boating under the influence. 
 
"We want people to do it safely and that might mean you pull back little bit, or you make options, make alternatives to get home safely," Bishop said. 
 
Spending a few extra minutes planning out a safe ride home could be the difference between lifelong memories or years of regret. 
 
"The last thing you want to do is make this weekend memorable for the wrong reasons, because you had a crash, maybe you hurt somebody, killed somebody, and just flat wrecked your life," Bishop said.  
 
A DWI conviction in Texas can include fines up to $17,000, possible jail time and the loss of a driver's license.
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