Transportation

July 4th Holiday Safety: On The Water And Roads

On the road or on the water, law enforcement will be out in force this long July 4th holiday. They’ll be looking for impaired drivers and boaters.

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Statistics show Harris County is one of the top counties in the United States for alcohol-related deaths.

Trooper Stephen Woodard with the Texas Department of Public Safety says extra patrols are now out in high risk areas within Harris County like:

“U.S. 288, U.S. 59, all those high-risk areas that contribute to DWI crashes,” Woodward says.

He says last year, DPS alone arrested over a thousand motorists across the state for DUI during the July 4th holiday.

The waterways will have stepped up law enforcement as well.

“Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in a lot of recreational boating deaths. It’s the leading contributing factor to boating accidents. And just like on the highways, you should always treat the waterways as if you’re driving on the road, and show respect for others around you and for the craft you’re driving,” says Steve Lightfoot, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

He says game wardens will not only be looking for alcohol, but also for safety equipment.

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