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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday May 23rd, 2023 :: 09:24 a.m. CDT


The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Launches Multi-Agency Partnership for DWI Initiative Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

HOUSTON – (May 23, 2023) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Harris County Constables, the Texas Department of Public Safety, American Automobile Association (AAA) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are joining forces ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend to crack down on drunk drivers across the county.

Harris County has had one of the country's highest DWI fatality crash rates for several years. The multi-agency impaired driver task force will focus on preventing alcohol and drug-related traffic incidents and saving lives. Dozens of deputies and state troopers will be out in full force to identify and arrest motorists that make the choice to get behind the wheel while under the influence.

“We’re committed to reducing drunk-driving tragedies and educating Harris County residents about the dangers of drinking and driving,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is preventable.”

Memorial Day weekend is a time when families and friends come together to honor and remember our fallen heroes. It also marks the unofficial start of summer, with increased travel and celebrations. Unfortunately, it is also a time when alcohol-related accidents and DWI incidents tend to rise.

“We urge everyone to make responsible choices, plan ahead, and never drive under the influence. Together, we can make this Memorial Day weekend a safe and memorable occasion for all,” said Sheriff Gonzalez.

Designate a sober driver, call a taxi or rideshare service, use public transit, or arrange for someone you trust to pick you up.

Drivers suspected of being impaired will be subject to field sobriety tests and no-refusal blood draws. Medical technicians will be on site to collect the blood samples. Prosecutors from the Harris County District Attorney’s office will be on site for charges, and district judges will be on standby to review and sign off on blood warrants for suspected drunk drivers.

The initiative will allow law enforcement to fast-track the process of investigating a drunk driver.

Joint Press Conference
When: May 24, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: 1200 Baker, Media Room

Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

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