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Labor Day Weekend Is Now One of The Deadliest Times to Be on The Road in Texas

Authorities say drunk driving is a big problem, but speed and distraction are also factors


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Al Ortiz
Harris County Sheriff's deputies will be watching the roadways this Labor Day Weekend.

According to figures from the Texas Department of Transportation that go back to 2013, about 40 people on average are killed in crashes around the state over the Labor Day weekend.

News 88.7 talked about it with Daniel Armbruster from AAA Texas.

“The Labor Day Holiday actually ranks up near what we see over the New Year's holiday, which is of course a holiday when we often see DWI and drunk driving crashes,” said Armbruster

There are other factors behind those high numbers.

“Alcohol and impaired driving is only part of the problem,” added Armbruster. “We also know that distracted driving is a major problem in the state of Texas.”

In Harris County, authorities are conducting a "No Refusal" weekend to target drunk drivers. Anyone who refuses a breath test will be taken in for an immediate blood draw.

Police say they're also looking for speeders and people who don't have their kids properly restrained.

Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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