The Brownsville Police Department has already charged ten drivers with driving while intoxicated (DWI) over the past week and will continue their "Intoxicated Driver Mobilization Campaign" through the July Fourth weekend.
Running from June 27 - July 6, the crackdown on those who get behind the wheel after "one too many", is an effort to save lives, funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
As in many states, a .08 blood or breath count is enough to warrant an arrest in Texas and the class B misdemeanor becomes a felony if a child under 15 is a passenger in the car.
However, even with efforts like the Brownsville crackdown, individuals continue to make the wrong decision to drink and drive. In Texas alone, there were 27,237 alcohol related crashes in 2009. Of these, 956 people died and 17,703 were injured.
A campaign statement issued the following warning to potential drunk drivers, "We'll be focusing the campaign outreach in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley."
But such warnings did not stop a Texas man allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, who was eventually shot after leading the police in a chase and attempting to run one officer down.
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