The Southlake Police Department is continually working to make our City streets and highways safe for our citizens. Patrol and Traffic Officers keep a watchful eye for dangerous and reckless drivers as well as drivers who may be impaired due to alcohol or drugs. With the holidays approaching, officers will be stepping up their efforts to keep drunk drivers off of the streets.
The statistics for ‘Drinking and Driving’ are staggering. Approximately one-in-three traffic deaths in the United States involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. A driver with BAC level of 0.08 or higher is considered alcohol impaired by law.
Officers are also seeing drivers who are taking more than the prescribed dose of their medications and oftentimes mixing those prescriptions with alcohol. The combination of drugs and alcohol can seriously impair judgment and lead to traffic accidents that cause serious injury or death.
To give you a better idea of the seriousness of driving impaired, here’s a look at the arrests Southlake Police Officers have made in the City since October 2014. From October 1, 2014 until September 1, 2015 a total of 140 DWI arrests were made with a total of 11 alcohol / drug related crashes during that same time frame.
DWI & Drug Impaired Driving
October 1, 2014 to September 1, 2015
The Southlake Police Department is committed to being proactive in its “Anti-Drinking and Driving” messaging to residents and visitors to the City of Southlake. And that message is very clear, “If you Drink and Drive – You Will Go to Jail.”
The goal is to keep impaired drivers off of our City streets and highways and to remind individuals to plan ahead if they plan to drink. Get a designated driver or make arrangements for a taxi ahead of time.
Don’t Drink and Drive
SLPD cannot stress enough that the cost of drinking and driving is a high price to pay. Not only can it cause injury or death, but drivers can also expect to spend the night in jail, pay thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees, hefty fines and court costs. Also, your driver’s license can be suspended which can impact your job and livelihood.
DWI statistics across the state show a similar trend and are very sobering as well. During last year’s holiday season (Dec. 1, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014), there were 2,367 DWI and/or impaired traffic crashes in Texas resulting in 763 serious injuries and 92 fatalities.
Statistics for the State of Texas
(Dec. 1, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014)
As the holiday season approaches, be mindful of these statistics and plan ahead so that you don’t become one. The holidays are most wonderful time of the year, but one poor decision to drink and drive could bring a devastating end to holiday celebrations and change lives forever. Texans can help make the holidays merry and bright all season long by giving the gift of a sober drive home.
The Southlake Department of Public Safety is urging everyone to be safe this New Year’s Weekend. We are encouraging everyone to not drink and drive or if you plan to have alcohol please plan ahead accordingly with a designated driver or arrange for a taxi cab.
Individuals arrested for DWI, or driving while intoxicated, face serious consequences including jail time and fines but more importantly, they risk taking a life or causing serious harm to themselves and others. The simple facts are that someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol almost every 20 minutes.
In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person can also be intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or 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. You can also face charges for child endangerment which is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years in a state prison.
The fines and punishment increases dramatically following a first offense. Please drive safely and don’t risk landing in jail with a DWI conviction on your record.
• Don’t drink and drive.
• Plan ahead and designate a driver.
• Call a taxi cab.
• Spend the night where you are, if possible.
Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett says, “The consequences of a DWI can affect your job and your personal life and a DWI conviction can follow you for a lifetime. More importantly, when you choose to drink and drive, you risk your life and the lives of others on the roadway. Don’t let one bad decision change your life forever.”
Southlake Police Officers will step up enforcement efforts continuing to keep the City streets and highways safe this New Year’s weekend. For more information http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/intoxication.htm