Recently Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers and the Houston Police Department announced the addition of an Anti-DWI task force. There will be four mobile units that include law enforcement officers, judges, and a blood alcohol lab on wheels to greet Houston drivers suspected of driving while intoxicated. This is in effort of course to cut down on the overwhelming numbers of drunk driving accidents that happen way to often in the Houston Metroplex. Texas has had a record for some time as one of the states with the highest number of drunk driving related crashes, and deaths, and Houston wants to change this as soon as possible.
MADD has been spending extra resources into putting out strategic billboards along the Houston freeways, and ramping up public awareness through all mediums of communications. However, all they can do is present the information, and hope that it hits home with as many drinkers as possible. Texas has always been a party state of sorts, especially with the college crowds, but the local sports-bar customers that stop by for a few too many on the way home are just as suspect as people attending beer bashes and frat parties on or near campuses.
The judges will be at each checkpoint with the mobile labs to sign orders to draw blood from suspects, instead of the usual method where they have to be taken into custody on charges that they are suspected of drinking driving. This cuts out some extra steps, and allows for solid arrests right on the spot. They say that they will be concentrating on the North and South sides of Houston each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but who would give out that kind of intelligence if they want to catch these people before they crash?
If a drunk driver can make it through the North side of the Bayou City without being stopped, then they will have to navigate Montgomery County’s finest on their way home to Spring or Conroe. They have a new twist of dealing with DWI’s, as the district attorney now posts each person suspected of driving under the influence on Twitter for additional embarrassment with the driver’s family, friends, and coworkers. Many think this is unfair, as they have not been proven guilty yet, but the D.A. responded that it is public information anyway, this is just a new medium that is available to them. They hope that some people will think twice before going through that type of public humiliation again in the future.
Again i ask everyone to support MADD if they can you can fit it into your budget.
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