Saturday, October 24, 2020

Stats from SLPD Joint Labor Day DWI Operation

Over the Labor Day weekend, Southlake Police Officers, along with multiple agencies from surrounding cities, participated in the state’s “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The three day operation resulted in numerous Driving While Impaired (DWI) arrests.

Officers spent 363 hours on enforcement during the three day period. They made 486 traffic stops and 64 intoxication related arrests. The joint effort resulted in numerous arrests for 1st time DWI offenders and 3rd DWI or more offenders. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 53      First time offenses
  •  5       2nd DWI offense
  •  4       3rd DWI or more offense
  •  2        DWI with child passenger offense
  • 13       Intoxication related crashes

The noticeable presence along S.H. 114 was an excellent deterrence because 47 of the 64 DWI arrests were made on roadways other than the highway. It seems drivers were aware of the Labor Day weekend DWI enforcement but assumed it would only be on the highway. “DWI operations like this one make a strong impact on the travelling public and are very effective in getting dangerous drivers off of our roads and highways. Our goal is to make travel safer for Southlake residents,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “It’s important to note that our officers are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, day and night,” added Brandon.

The consequences of drinking and driving are severe, especially if a DWI ends in a fatality accident. The loss of life is tragic for everyone involved. Minimally, drivers arrested for a DWI can face fines, fees, and associated costs of up to $17,000. The Bottom line, drinking and driving is not worth it at any cost.

The Southlake Police Department urges everyone to plan ahead and never drink and drive. Use riding share services like UBER or LYFT, designate a driver or call a cab. If you’re out with friends and someone has had too much to drink, be a responsible friend, take their keys and help get them a ride home.