More officers to crackdown on drunk drivers
Police arrest a man early this morning for driving while intoxicated.
The incident, authorities say is an example of many others that may follow over the next few days.
It seems like the same message year after year, but in an effort to keep people out of jail and to help save lives, authorities say they'll continue the reminders.
Police say a night of drinking while celebrating his birthday led to the DWI arrest of Natividad Juarez.
A passerby noticed Juarez trying to drive out of a ditch near kmart on san dario around 4 wednesday morning, only stopping the truck when he hit a guard rail.
On the eve of a new year, authorities say other driving while intoxicated arrest are likely to follow.
“We're beefing up patrols lookind for dwi's drunk drivers.”
“anyone planning on doing any drinking should not be driving the least but the person who hasnt had a single drink at all,” says Inv. Joe Baeza of the Laredo Police Department.
Though the message remins the same year after year, many will not take the advice and get behind the wheels after drinking anyways. law enforcement officials hope to see that change.
“The state of texas suffers alot especially when it comes to fatalities,” says Chief Federico Garza of the Webb County Sheriff’s office.
According to mothers against drunk driving, almost 12,000 people died in alcohol-impaired traffic crashes in 2008, an almost 10 percent decline from 2007.
Sheriff's deputies want to offer a warning that may not only keep drivers out of jail but help save a life.
“The last place that we want anyone to end up is here, we want to have a happy new year but a safe one.”
authorities also want to remind people that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
In texas the legal limit for intoxication is point 0-8 blood alcohol contentration but if law enforcement thinks your driving impaired, you can be arrested for dwi regradless of your BAC.
The first conviction can leave you with a 2,000 dollar fine and up to six months in prison.