Harris County DA, constable announce plan to target drunk drivers through New Year's Day

December 26, 2013 7:46:40 AM PST
If you're planning to party in celebration of the New Year, be sure not to drink and drive. Law enforcement officials will have extra eyes everywhere from the highways to the back roads, looking for intoxicated people behind the wheel.

One example is over in Harris County Precinct 4, where an organized plan to combat drunken driving is in place in the wake of two suspected DWI crashes involving deputy constables.

On November 7, two Pct. 4 Constable's Office patrol units were struck by alleged intoxicated drivers. The accidents happened within minutes of each other at the same location. One deputy was injured and transported to an area hospital. Both patrol cars were a total loss.

Pct. 4 Constable Ron Hickman announced Thursday that his office partnered with the Harris County District Attorney's Office to implement an end-of-the-year "Impaired Driver Enforcement Initiative."

This initiative begins Saturday and run through New Year's Day. There will a significant increase in patrol deputies who will be targeting specific areas throughout Pct. 4 and the toll road system for violators.

DA Devon Anderson has assigned her staff to the Cypresswood courthouse in order to expedite the processing of suspected drunken drivers. There will be a prosecutor from the district attorney's vehicle crimes unit, medical personnel for drawing blood from suspects and a judge dedicated to the initiative.

If you plan to imbibe, don't drink and drive. Plan ahead and designate a driver or call a cab. AAA Texas also sponsors its complimentary Tipsy Tow service on New Year's Eve, providing a free ride and vehicle tow up to 10 miles to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 800-AAA-HELP.

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