LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) – As we’re wrapping up the Labor Day vacation, the Texas Division of Transportation continues to encourage security on the roadways.
In keeping with TxDOT, final 12 months within the Laredo space, there have been 188 DUI alcohol-related accidents which resulted in six fatalities and 16 accidents.
To keep away from numbers being as excessive once more this 12 months, they’ve teamed up with regulation enforcement businesses like DPS to remind the group that security comes first.
“As of now, we’ve arrested 16 folks. Of these, an enormous portion is driving whereas intoxicated,” DPS Sgt. Erick Estrada mentioned.
It was a busy weekend for DPS troopers in Webb County.
Sergeant Erick Estrada says frequent incidents throughout the labor day vacation are car accidents and different legal arrests with specializing in watching out for individuals who are driving whereas intoxicated.
“Often we’re attempting to discourage fatalities as a result of persons are ingesting in driving,” he advised us.
Nonetheless, as Sergeant Estrada tells us, the roadways have been as busy as pre-pandemic days.
Troopers in Webb County have been additionally watching out for extra than simply site visitors violations and drunk drivers.
erick Estrada- however this 12 months, we’re concentrating additionally on human smuggling and human trafficlking portion so theres a rise on these offenses.
One other frequent downside was violation of the “Transfer Over or Gradual Down” regulation which stresses the significance of slowing down if a patrol unit is pulled over to the aspect with their lights activated.
lots of people assume we cant transfer over so im simply going to go previous the emergency car, and that’s not the case. Theyre imagined to go 20 beneath the velocity restrict
Though immediately marks the top of Labor Day weekend, DPS will proceed having extra patrols items out on the roadways as a part of TxDOT’s “Faces of Drunk Driving” marketing campaign.
DPS continues to remind drivers to put on a seatbelt, drive the velocity restrict, and naturally, by no means driving inebriated.
If a driver is caught intoxicated behind the wheel, they’ll resist $17,000 in fines and charges, jail time, and a lack of their driver’s license.
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