Statewide DWI crackdown runs through Labor Day weekend

AUSTIN, Texas "Law enforcement agencies across Texas will step up enforcement to stop drinking and driving during the Labor Day holiday period.

Texas is part of the Labor Day nationwide impaired-driving crackdown coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Convicted drunk drivers could spend up to $17,000 for bail, fines, legal fees, court appearances, court-ordered classes, insurance increases and other expenses.

More alcohol-related crashes occur between 2 a.m. and 2:59 a.m. than during any other hour of the day, and more crashes happen on Saturday than on any other day of the week.

Drivers are urged to realize that no one is immune to the effects of alcohol, and to always seek a sober ride home.

"Labor Day is the traditional end-of-summer celebration. In Texas, 34 percent of all alcohol-related fatal crashes happen during the summer," said Carol T. Rawson, TxDOT's Traffic Operations Division Director. "Three hundred sixty-six people died during the months of May through August last year in alcohol-related crashes. That's nothing to celebrate, and law enforcement will be out in force as part of the Drink. Drive. Go to Jail. stepped-up enforcement effort and public awareness campaign."

The Texas Department of Transportation's Drink. Drive. Go to Jail. campaign began August 17 and runs through September 3, 2012.

*Article from the Texas Dept. of Transportation.