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The results are in and the special Holiday DWI Patrols, announced earlier, worked to keep Garland roadways and streets safer. The statewide program to catch minors drinking and driving during the holiday period did not find Garland teens risking their lives and the lives of others.
We can only infer why this was true but I give credit to our youth making good decisions, good guidance from parents, and the successful efforts by our Garland Youth Council to work with their peers for safe driving through Teens in the Driver Seat. Excellent accomplishment, teens!
Garland Police Dept Press Release:
Holiday DWI Patrol Results
Garland Police officers worked overtime during the Christmas holidays to catch and remove D.W.I. (Driving Under the Influence) drivers from Garland roadways. The project began December 21 and ran to January 1.
During the enforcement, Garland Officers drove marked and unmarked squad cars. The special project was funded by the Texas Department of Transportion's (TxDOT) Driver Mobilization Grant, which aims to remove minors from the roadways who are driving while intoxicated.
- 13 DWI arrests
- 0 DWI arrests of minors
- 4 other arrests
- 12 citations - hazardous violations
- 29 citations - other
Current TxDOT statistics show that drunk drivers kill five people every day on Texas roadways but someone is either hurt or killed as often as every 19 minutes.
Keep Our Roadways Safe; Don't Drink and Drive!
The TxDOT grant covered officers' overtime pay, giving Garland an extra level of safety over the holidays at no cost to local taxpayers.
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