The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing DWI patrols for the next two weeks, including the Labor Day holiday weekend
The increased patrols began last Friday, August 21st, and will run through September 7th. During that time period, Sheriff’s Deputies will be focusing on DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
El Paso is a no refusal county; law enforcement officials will obtain blood samples from suspected drunk drivers and motorcyclists. Drivers convicted of DWI in Texas face costs up to $17,000 plus possible jail time, limited career prospects and loss of driver’s license.
Last year in Texas, 21 people were killed and 42 were seriously injured in 338 alcohol-related crashes over the Labor Day holiday weekend