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HPD Urges Public To Have A Plan To Safely Return Home After Fourth Of July Celebrations

The Police department made more than 250 DWI arrests last year

Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division (center), speaks at a media briefing on DWI enforcement during the 4th of July enforcement period that was held at HPD’s headquarters on July 3rd, 2018.

The Houston Police Department (HPD) is urging Houstonians and visitors to have a plan to return safely to their homes or hotels after they attend Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday.

Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD's Traffic Enforcement Division, noted during a media briefing held Tuesday that both taxi cabs, as well as driving services such as Uber and Lyft, are good options to make such plans. Having a designated driver is also a good alternative.

“Go ahead and have that plan because we don’t want you to become a statistic and be in a fatal crash and we don’t want you to create a statistic by becoming another DWI arrested individual within our city,” emphasized Campbell, who noted that in 2017 during the Fourth of July “enforcement period”, HPD worked on more than nine fatality crashes and made more than 250 DWI arrests, 65 of which involved a crash.

Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, underlined on his part that being involved in a DWI has serious consequences, such as having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and losing your driver's license, as well as having a conviction on your record.

At a state level, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Tuesday stepped up patrols with troopers on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, vehicles speeding, failure to use seat belts and other violations. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up.

During the Fourth of July enforcement period in 2017, Texas troopers issued more than 98,000 tickets and warnings, including 1,658 seat belt and child safety restraint citations.