Collin County Criminal District Attorney Greg Willis announced today his office is conducting a Drive Sober intiative for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th- 30th, 2016. “Conducting a Drive Sober event helps law enforcement get more intoxicated drivers off the roadways and ultimately saves lives. Our aim is to keep our citizens safe by preventing DWI activity this Memorial Day weekend,” added Willis. Texans can avoid adding to the toll of drunk driving by following the law, planning a safe ride home, designating a sober driver, or calling a taxi, Uber, or a friend so they can be picked up.
How Does It Work?
In Texas, and in all fifty states, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 is considered legally intoxicated. Under the Drive Sober program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for blood alcohol testing. Local judges will be available to make probable cause determinations and authorize the blood search warrants. Nurses will also work through the night to assist police officers with these investigations.
Why is the District Attorney Involved?
The Collin County District Attorney’s mission is to pursue justice and protect the community. In keeping with this mission, the DA’s office works with local law enforcement and State agencies to reduce the number of DWI offenses through the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program. Those who disregard the rights of others should be aware that May 27-30, 2016 is a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” weekend in Collin County.