From Dec. 17-Jan. 1, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and area law enforcement agencies will be ramping up traffic patrols on highways in an effort to curb driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases.
According to a press release, the increased presence is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) “Plan While You Can” campaign, which encourages safe rides home during the holiday season.
The campaign aims to decrease crashes and save lives by urging drivers to plan a sober ride prior to driving to their holiday celebrations, according to the release. In 2017, there were 2,469 alcohol related crashing in Texas during the holiday season. Those wrecks killed 96 people and seriously injured 202, according to the release.
HCSO officials encourages residents to plan for a sober ride prior to holiday celebrations. Residents can visit soberrides.org to find alternatives to driving and driving. Those who are caught drinking and driving risk killing themselves or others, as well as face up to $17,000 in fines, jail time and possible suspension of their driver’s license.