Transportation

Preparations for Annual Statewide July Fourth No Refusal Weekend

Drivers and boaters are reminded to be responsible this holiday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the period between May and August the 100 deadliest days of the year.

Local law enforcement agencies will join the DPS and Texas Parks and Wildlife and increase patrols on the road and in the water beginning this weekend. 

“Lake Conroe used to be one of the top ten deadliest lakes in the state of Texas. But because of law enforcement efforts and prosecutors and judges, working together to make sure we get good solid evidence in  our cases, it’s now one of the safest lakes,” said Warren Diepraam with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Law enforcement agencies from Brazos to Galveston county, from Fort Bend to Montgomery county, and all points in between will be diligent in making sure the upcoming holiday is safe.

“We’re gonna have No Refusal prosecutors and nurses in most of these counties, working to get good solid evidence for any drunk drivers or drunk boaters who are arrested over the weekend,” Diepraam said. 

Last year, more than 3200 arrests were made in Texas for DWI, and fifteen people died as a result of an intoxicated driver.

“When you look at the statistics, Harris County is for large counties, is the deadliest in the nation” Diepraam said. “But unfortunately in deaths per one thousand people, Montgomery County outranks Harris County. That’s why we have to be so proactive here in Montgomery County and elsewhere in Texas, to make sure we can reduce our fatalities.”

Officials say high visibility enforcement and No Refusal crackdowns during the time leading up to July Fourth have helped reduce unnecessary fatalities on the roads and waterways.

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