Department of Public Safety grant pays for extra drunken driving patrols

SAPD to step up patrols during Halloween

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter, sserna@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 26 2012 04:53:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 05:43:58 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

There's new funding going to the San Antonio Police Department in an effort to get drunken drivers off the road.

A Texas Department of Transportation grant is paying for 55 additional officers over the Halloween weekend and up until Halloween night on Wednesday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the most deadliest weeks of the year.

San Antonio police Officer Matt Porter said that's why starting Friday, they will have those additional officers out on the streets enforcing drunken driving laws.

"We do see an increase with drunk drivers during the Halloween season," said Porter. "We want to get out there in front of the problem. We want the public to know that we will be out there enforcing this law. If you are caught behind the wheel of the car intoxicated, you will go to jail."

The officers will be working alongside the DWI Task Force and the other patrol officers who have already been out looking for drunken drivers.

"I think it's a good idea," said Laurel Bodinus, a San Antonio resident. "And this is the weekend before Halloween, so there is probably going to be a lot of partying. People should either drink at home and not drive or have a designated driver."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41 percent of the highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involved driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

"We want them to call a cab or a designated driver or stay where ever they are at," said Porter. "(The) last thing we want them to do is stay behind the wheel of a car when they are intoxicated."