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H-GAC Continuing Regional DWI Task Force for Labor Day Holiday
News Release
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Additional police units will be on the streets during Labor Day

HOUSTON – The Houston-Galveston Area Council Regional DWI Task Force, which consists of 12 law enforcement agencies throughout the Houston-Galveston area, will be operating before and during the Labor Day holiday to cut down on incidents of driving while intoxicated (DWI). The task force is funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This initiative provides overtime funds for agencies to provide enhanced DWI enforcement during holiday weekends when traditionally more alcohol-related traffic incidents occur. Since its inception in 2013, the task force has made over 1,000 DWI arrests.

Convicted first-time DWI offenders can pay a fine up to $2,000, serve six months in jail, lose their driver’s license for up to a year, and pay an additional $3,000 to retain their license once they get it back. Safety officials say other costs associated with an impaired driving arrest and conviction can add up to more than $17,000 for bail, legal fees, court appearances, court-ordered classes, vehicle insurance increases, and other expenses.

According to the H–GAC 2017 State of Safety Report (http://www.h-gac.com/transportation-safety), 1 in 5 traffic fatalities in the Houston-Galveston area are caused by DWI motor vehicle crashes. Regional residents are encouraged to use designated drivers or alternative forms of transportation to get home safely in lieu of driving if they have been drinking.





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