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Police officers across the Houston metropolitan area are stepping up enforcement to combat drunk driving ahead of the July 4 holiday

Police officers across the Houston metropolitan area are stepping up enforcement to combat drunk driving ahead of the July 4 holiday

Police officers across the Houston metropolitan area are stepping up enforcement to combat drunk driving ahead of the July 4 holiday

Houston – The Houston Police Department’s DUI Task Force is announcing an initiative aimed at combating drunk driving ahead of the July 4 holiday.

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According to officials, the initiative will be carried out in collaboration with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

As Independence Day celebrations approach, HPD and its partners emphasize the importance of making safe choices and avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol.

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On Tuesday, law enforcement officials will hold a press conference to share more details about what will happen this week.

Officials attending the news conference said they will also be sending additional officers to the waterways. They encourage those enjoying the holiday to identify a plan and execute it to get home safely.

“Drunk driving is NOT an accident or a mistake,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tommy Diaz. “It is a 100% preventable crime.”

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“Last year’s crash data shows that one person is killed on Texas roadways every two hours,” said Lt. Craig Cummings of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

You can also expect to see more police on the roads, according to DPS.

On July 4, officials said Texas troopers issued more than 18,000 citations and warnings that led to 5,000 arrests. Twenty-five percent of deaths in 2023 were drunk-related, according to DPS.

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