Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or under the influence of drugs is illegal, negligent, and extremely dangerous. During the holiday season, it also very common. Historically, alcohol-related accidents during holidays are high, with many resulting in injuries or death. Last year during the Christmas and New Year holiday, DPS troopers made more than 1,200 DWI arrests across the state. Because of these statistics and because these accidents, injuries, and fatalities are preventable, the Texas Department of Transportation (DPS) is increasing DWI patrols and enforcement this holiday season.
According to the Texas DPS, agencies throughout the state will be ramping up DWI enforcement during a 21-day period – from December 13 through the New Year on January 2. Troopers will be focusing on increasing DWI patrols in high-risk areas and during times when drunk driving accidents are most common. Increased patrols are funded by a grant from the Texas DPS.
Houston authorities are state officials are strongly encouraging all residents to drink responsibly this holiday season and to plan accordingly should they have to drive. Despite increased enforcement periods, the month of December still sees too many alcohol-related accidents, meaning that all motorists on the road should take this into account and drive defensively.
The Rights of Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Victims injured in drunk driving accidents have a right to recover their damages by filing a personal injury claim. At The Daspit Law Firm, a Houston car accident lawyer is prepared to guide victims and families through the personal injury claim process, working to hold impaired drivers accountable for their negligence and liable for any physical, emotional, and financial damages they caused.
The Daspit Law Firm hopes that all Houston residents will stay safe on the road this holiday season and offers the support of our experienced legal team to victims who need to assert their rights. For a free consultation, call (713) 364-0915.