Several Texas law enforcement agencies are working together to implement a DWI awareness and prevention initiative that will run through Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer vacation. The “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” Initiative is a joint effort to prevent drunk driving car accidents and the life-altering injuries and fatalities that are an all-too-common result.

Traffic safety statistics indicate that the state of Texas has the highest rate of deaths caused by alcohol- or drug-impaired driving among all 50 U.S. states. Therefore, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to create the DWI prevention initiative, which went into effect on August 19.

As part of the DWI campaign, law enforcement agencies across Texas will be deploying thousands of extra police officers, who will set up roving patrols and DWI checkpoints in areas that have a history of drunk driving accidents. The initiative is just one of many similar campaigns that are being run in many states across the country leading up to and during Labor Day weekend, which has a history of drunk driving accidents and fatalities.

“It’s not about pulling you over and arresting you,” said Frank Marrero, the regional program manager for the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. According to Marrero, the focus of the initiative will not be on making DWI arrests, but on keeping drivers safe from the injuries that are so commonly caused by drunk drivers.

“Impaired driving is not an accident,” Marrero said, “it is truly an epidemic of disregard for human life.”

Source: Dallas News, “Dallas police to boost efforts to curb drunken driving,” Marianne Brown, August 9, 2011