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E. Texas police cracking down on DWI and public intoxication

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From the Mt. Pleasant Police Department-

MT. PLEASANT, TX- The Mount Pleasant Police Department will begin a Driving While Intoxicated “DWI” Enforcement program starting Friday, August 19, 2013 lasting through September 9, 2013. Special traffic units will implement a zero-tolerance approach to alcohol-related and impaired driving (drug) offenses. This increased enforcement effort includes having additional officers on the street. Officers will also be keeping an eye on businesses that serve alcoholic beverages looking for people who are intoxicated in public places. The police department will be doing this in an attempt to prevent an impaired person from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Agencies from across the state are working together to reduce impaired driving during the upcoming Labor Day weekend said Chief Wayne Isbell. Starting Friday August 19 through September 9, hundreds of local law enforcement agencies are participating in the annual Drink, Drive, Go to Jail campaign to crack down on drunk driving on Texas roads. Law enforcement statewide, including Mount Pleasant Police, will be working overtime to find and arrest impaired drivers.

Historically, approximately 50 percent of all traffic fatalities across the state involve drug and/or alcohol intoxication. Lives are dramatically changed by the decision to drive impaired on alcohol or drugs. If we pull you over and you have been drinking, you’re going to be arrested, said Chief Isbell.

If you’re going to consume alcohol while celebrating, The Mount Pleasant Police Department encourages people not to allow friends to get behind the wheel after drinking and call 911 to report reckless driving and possible drunk drivers. Everyone plays a role in the effort to reduce alcohol and drug related vehicle accidents to keep our community safe.

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