SAPD stepping up DWI enfo­rcement for holidays

MADD: Drunken driving accidents quadruple in last 2 weeks of year

SAN ANTONIO - Drink. Drive. Got to Jail. It’s a simple message, but one that is regularly ignored, especially during the holiday season.

As Christmas and New Year’s Eve approach, extra San Antonio police officers will be on patrol searching for drunken drivers.

“We want people to enjoy the holidays, but we want them to enjoy it responsibly," said Officer Matthew Porter. “Have a plan in place before you go out. Call a cab, designate a driver, stay where you're at if possible. The last thing we want you to do is get behind the wheel of  a car after you've been consuming alcohol."

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunken driving accidents nearly quadruple in the last two weeks of the year.

Porter said part of the reason for those statistics is people don’t think they’ll get pulled over when they drink and drive.

“You have people that drink, and they're professional drinkers, so they drink and they don’t feel the effects of the alcohol. But little do they know they are intoxicated.

To encourage safe driving this holiday season, the Texas Department of Transportation started a new campaign called Holiday PASS, which stands for Person Appointed to Stay Sober.

The program encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride home this holiday season.

Porter said holiday revelers should take advantage of such a gift if they’re out celebrating over the next several days.

“Drinking and then getting behind the wheel of a car, you're just setting yourself up for disaster.”


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