Police Vow to Arrest Everyone Found Driving Over the Limit
Launches Intensive Crackdown On Impaired Driving
Red Oak, Texas – This Labor Day weekend, millions of Texas motorists will be enjoying their last summer road trip. Thanks to state and local law enforcement, they'll be in good company.
State troopers and local law enforcement officers throughout Texas are stepping up enforcement of the state's DWI laws as part of a national effort to reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Chief Craig Rudolph said that the Red Oak Police Department is joining forces with law enforcement officers across the country to take part in the national "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest." crackdown on impaired driving during the Labor Day holiday period. The crackdown, which runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, includes saturation patrols as well as a $13 million national media campaign supplemented by state-funded advertising.
"If you driving while intoxicated over the Labor Day weekend in Red Oak, you are going to jail," said Chief Craig Rudolph. "Thousands of officers will be patrolling streets and highways all over Texas and you will be arrested if you are driving while intoxicated.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, August and September are among the most deadly periods on the roadways. The nation has made dramatic progress in reducing drunk driving deaths, but there were still more than 11,000 alcohol-impaired deaths in 2008 -- deaths that were completely preventable.
The Red Oak Police Department ask motorists who include alcohol in their Labor Day weekend celebrations to keep a few things in mind:
• If you drink, don't get behind the wheel.
• Call a taxi, designate a sober driver, or plan to spend the night wherever you celebrate.
• Buckle up -- a safety belt is your best defense against a drunk driver.