Cops crack down on drunk drivers

Patrols beefed up for Memorial Day weekend

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - Deputy Constables from Harris County Precinct 1 will be out on the streets of Houston this holiday weekend specifically looking for impaired drivers.

Constable Alan Rosen said they are putting ten extra patrol cars on the road Friday and Saturday night and may even add some Sunday and Monday, too. 

"Most holiday weekends people like to get out, celebrate and have a good time and that generally includes drinking," Rosen said. "If you're going to drink you better not drive."

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a person in the United States is injured every 90 seconds in a drunk driving related crash.

Rosen is hoping his extra deputies on the roads will keep motorists safe.

"I'm very passionate about having our officers on the street and targeting people who drink and drive," said Rosen. "It's such a dangerous thing to do."

The Houston-Galveston Area Council announced that its Regional DWI Task Force, which consists of 14 law enforcement agencies, will also be operating throughout the Memorial Day weekend to cut down on the number of driving while intoxicated offenders.

"Risking jail time or an intoxication manslaughter charge over a few drinks is an irresponsible gamble," said Jeff Kaufman from H-GAC. "There will be a lot more police officers out there looking for you if you choose to make such a wager."

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