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How to Prevent Drunk Driving in Houston and Help Those With DUIs Recover

Now through July 7, the Texas Department of Public Safety will have more state troopers on the Lone Star State’s roadways. The increased presence is designed, in part, to discourage or catch drunk drivers. Repeat DWI offenders can find themselves in Harris County’s SOBER Court (Save Ourselves By Education and Recovery). It’s one of a […]

Now through July 7, the Texas Department of Public Safety will have more state troopers on the Lone Star State’s roadways. The increased presence is designed, in part, to discourage or catch drunk drivers.

Repeat DWI offenders can find themselves in Harris County’s SOBER Court (Save Ourselves By Education and Recovery). It’s one of a handful of specialty courts in Greater Houston.

Today, we discuss the impact of specialty courts, and then we talk with a SOBER court judge and a clinical psychologist tasked with helping those who cycle through it. Then we talk with representatives of the Houston Police Department and the Harris County’s Sheriff’s office, and a Harris County district attorney, about plans in place to address drunk driving over the coming holiday weekend.

(Image Courtesy: Kate Penn/York Daily Record)

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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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