DWI Task Force Operating During Spring Break
police units will be on the streets during the holiday week and beyond.
HOUSTON – The Houston-Galveston Area Council is beginning the
fourth year of its Regional DWI Task Force, which consists of 12 law
enforcement agencies throughout the Houston-Galveston area. The DWI Task
Force will be operating throughout the Spring Break holiday to reduce the
number of instances of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). The Task Force is
funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant awarded by
the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), providing overtime funds for
agencies to provide enhanced DWI enforcement during holiday when there has
traditionally been more alcohol-related traffic incidents. Since its
inception in 2012, the Task Force made over 900 DWI arrests.
first-time DWI offenders can pay a fine up to $2,000, serve six months in jail,
lose their driver’s license for up to a year, and pay an additional $3,000 to
retain their license once they get it back. Safety officials say other
costs associated with an impaired driving arrest and conviction can add up to
more than $17,000 for bail, legal fees, court appearances, court-ordered
classes, vehicle insurance increases, and other expenses.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 333 people
died in DWI-related incidents throughout the region. These figures represent 54
percent of the region’s motor vehicle fatalities.
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of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of
12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC's mission is to serve as the instrument of local government
cooperation, promoting the region's orderly development and the safety and
welfare of its citizens.