Law enforcement watching from above to spot drunk drivers

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Law enforcement watching from above to spot drunk drivers. (KTRK)

Some family members whose loved ones were killed by drunk drivers are using their pain to help prevent similar deaths. It's an especially important message as roads are packed with holiday travelers.

Mark Rodriguez started Krysta's Karing Angels after his daughter died eight years ago.

"She was just a goofy honest soul," he said.

Krysta was hit by a drunk driver. Rodriguez said there's no such thing as moving on.

"Because you can't. We can move forward. But our family, we are never going to move on," he said.

Moving forward for them means preventing deaths like Krysta's. Families of DUI victims donate the cars they were killed in. Krysta's Karing Angels shows them off on trailers. They speak to schools and organizations about the realities of these crashes.
They're hoping the physical reality of these crashes will change the mentality of those who may decide to drink and drive.

For those who's minds aren't changed, there's enforcement.

"There's eyes everywhere," Captain John Marroquin said. "We're going to get you."

Law enforcement agencies from Houston police, sheriffs' offices and more are increasing patrols and watching from above.

"We are out here to take care of our patrons if that means giving some people tickets for traffic violations, so be it," Marroquin said.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority has cameras, staff members and sensors trained to watch for weaving cars -- in addition to the boots on the ground.

Citations and a night in jail are no fun, but taking a life because of bad choices is a whole lot worse.

"If you go to jail for drinking and driving, consider yourself lucky that you were stopped and you don't have to endure becoming either a statistic, or an offender and going to prison," Rodriguez said.


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