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Irving Police Announces 4th of July DWI Enforcement Initiative

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. June 22, 2017

The Irving Police Department will take part in a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) over the July 4th holiday period. Additional officers whose primary focus will be to locate and arrest impaired drivers will be on duty. The enforcement period will take place between June 24, 2017 and July 5, 2017. During that time, the participating officers will concentrate their efforts on DWI patrols in high risk sites and at times when impaired driving is most frequent. During the July 4th holiday period, there is a higher likelihood of impaired drivers on the roadways causing an increased potential for alcohol related crashes involving injuries or deaths.   
 
The Department participates in the program by means of a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as part of the State’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign. The high visibility and enforcement efforts should serve as a warning to those who would drive while impaired. 
 
The Irving Police Department and TxDOT encourage people to “Plan While You Can” to avoid the consequences of impaired driving. A person’s abilities, decision making skills and judgement can diminish while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Consider the use of a taxi or car service, a designated driver or public transportation as an alternative to driving after drinking. 
 
If you see a suspected drunk driver, and you (or a passenger) can do so safely, please call 9-1-1 with the information.   
 


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