This Thanksgiving Day weekend, the Southlake Police Department will take part in the Tarrant County “NO REFUSAL WEEKEND” from Wednesday November 27th until Monday December 2nd. This means if you are arrested for DWI and refuse to give a specimen of your breath or blood the officer will apply for a search warrant to have a specimen of blood taken from you.
Did you know—that someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol almost every 20 minutes? The Police Department is urging everyone to be safe this Thanksgiving Weekend. Please do not drink and drive if you’ve had too much alcohol. Individuals arrested for DWI face serious consequences including jail time and fines but more importantly, they risk taking a life or causing serious harm to themselves and others.
In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
The penalties increase if you are arrested for DWI with a child passenger; cause bodily injury or death to another individual. If arrested for driving while intoxicated, you can also face charges for child endangerment, Intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter. These offenses in conjunction with DWI are punishable by significant fines, and lengthy prison sentences.
The fines and punishments increase dramatically following a first offense. Don’t risk getting a DWI conviction. Follow these tips to increase safety.
Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett says, “The message is simple. Don’t drink and drive, period. Don’t let one bad decision change your life forever. The consequences can last a lifetime.”
Southlake Police Officers will continue to work to keep the City streets and highways safe this Holiday weekend. For more information http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/intoxication.htm
SPARK will host a meeting entitled “Not My Child? Not My Problem: Drugs, Alcohol, & the Realities of Our Kid’s World,” on October 21st from 7:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. This parents only event will take place at the Southlake DPS Building located on Carroll Avenue. Assistant District Attorney, Riley Shaw and an agent from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will be speaking at the event on this issue.
If you have questions, contact Laura K. Hill at email@example.com.
The Southlake Police Department will hold its third Town Hall meeting on Monday, November 12, 2012 as part of our continuing efforts to help educate parents about potential drug and alcohol problems among teenagers. Hundreds of parents and teachers attended the first two Town Hall meetings held in October and both events provided valuable information and resource material including: a look at some of the typical drugs of choice for teens; the average age for a first time user of drugs and alcohol; and presentations by a panel of experts including members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), educators and Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett.
Parents asked a lot of great questions and were given tips on what to look for if they suspect a child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol. They were also shown some of the typical abbreviations that teens might use when “talking in code” to their peers on computers and social media websites. The information was very enlightening to parents who came away from the Town Hall meetings better educated and equipped to spot the warning signs of drug and alcohol abuse and/or dangerous behavior early on. “Our Police Department and School Resource Officers are committed to working together with parents and educators in taking proactive measures to help curb drug and alcohol abuse among teens in Southlake,” said Police Chief Stephen Mylett. He added, “Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent in every city and town across the country and it is our goal to take a leadership approach in protecting our teens and helping families who are struggling with this very serious issue.”
The next Town Hall meeting will give parents an opportunity to hear from the District Attorney’s Officer about the legal implications for you and your child if your child does get into trouble. The meeting will also allow parents the opportunity to meet and get to know members of our Police Department and our School Resource Officers. The SRO’s will talk about their role in the Carroll ISD school system and also provide insight into the kinds of problems they experience on a daily basis as School Resource Officers. The SRO’s work with teachers and students and know first-hand some of the major issues and concerns facing students and teachers today. This is third and final Town Hall meeting for the year and we hope everyone who has a vested interest is able to make it out. The School Resource Officers are people that parents need to know. They know your kids, your kid’s friends and they know a lot about teen culture right here in Southlake. They are your number one resource for every parent in Southlake.
(Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids)
WHEN: Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Carroll High School (White Chapel Lecture Hall)