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Looking for Creative Ways to Curb Drunk Driving

Many Texans will travel and party on Independence Day Friday, and through the weekend. So, naturally, law enforcement will also be active, stepping up efforts to crack down on drunk driving. Officials here in Harris County — where we routinely lead the nation in fatal accidents involving intoxicated drivers, and just in the last two […]

Many Texans will travel and party on Independence Day Friday, and through the weekend. So, naturally, law enforcement will also be active, stepping up efforts to crack down on drunk driving. Officials here in Harris County — where we routinely lead the nation in fatal accidents involving intoxicated drivers, and just in the last two weeks saw nine fatalities in crashes involving suspected drunk drivers — have announced a “No Refusal” initiative this weekend. That means suspected drunk drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test can be forced to provide a blood sample, after a judge issues a search warrant. Judges will be on call for that specific purpose.

Such initiatives aren’t new. Last year, Texas state troopers made more than 1,100 DWI arrests across Texas during a ten-day enforcement period between June 27 and July 7.

Some municipalities across the country are seeking more creative ways to address drunk driving. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear about one such municipality: Horry County in South Carolina, home of Myrtle Beach. We talk with a representative of the Horry County Sheriff’s Department. Then, we look at what else Harris and Montgomery counties are doing here to try to curb drunk driving.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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