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Spring Break and Drunk Driving Penalties in State of Texas

Laws to deter drunk driving over Spring Break

If you are one of thousands of spring breakers heading to the beach at South Padre Island next week beware, the police are on high alert to spot and arrest drunk drivers. Beginning today and stretching through March 17th more patrols will be on the roads to reduce drunk driving and DWI fatalities. The goal of the Texas Department of Public Safety is to reduce the number of DWI incidents. Border agents will also be on high alert to stop drinkers who head across the border and attempt to come back to the U.S. intoxicated.

What is the Texas Department of Public Safety doing?

Texas, along with many other states, is stepping up their highway patrols during Spring Break, traditionally a time of hard partying and drinking for college age kids throughout the state. The Texas Department of Transportation, however, is helping to spread the word that if you drink and drive in the state of Texas you may get caught. What does TxDOT hope to convey to young people? Drinking and driving don’t mix and buzzed drinking is drunk driving. Additionally, TxDOT hopes that young drivers will plan ahead of time and designate a safe driver BEFORE they go out. With the exception of New Years, spring break can one of the most dangerous times for drunk driving. With this in mind, the Texas Department of Public Safety will focus their efforts on watching high risk locations, especially on the weekends. Spring break DWI arrests in Texas were close to 1,000 in 2012. Don’t be a statistic. Learn more about the TxDOT campaign on their website www.soberrides.org  Drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas can face high fines, penalties, jail time and a suspended license.

Irving, Texas uses State’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” Campaign

Irving, Texas, will also increase their efforts to reduce drunk driving over spring break through increased patrolling through the city to ensure compliance through “visibility and enforcement.” In another interesting development the city will implement a “no refusal approach” to DWI enforcement. Drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated in the city of Irving will not be given a breath test but will instead be offered a blood test. Blood tests are considered more reliable and more difficult to challenge than a breath test. What happens if the driver refuses a blood test? A system has been established with the courts for judges to immediately present an order to authorize a warrant for a blood draw. The Irving police implemented similar polices for Spring Break 2012 and arrested 32 people for drunk driving. The message from Irving is simple: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated and is not worth the consequences.

Hiring a DUI lawyer 

If you make a mistake and drink and drive and you are arrested for DWI in the state of Texas it is time to talk to a DWI lawyer who understands Texas DWI laws. Pleading guilty may not be the best solution to your problem and can have life-long consequences.  
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