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Sugar Land police working hard to keep roads safe this holiday

Every year, sadly, hundreds of thousands of drunk drivers hit the roads of America. At certain times of the year numbers of motorists driving while intoxicated or under the influence, usually corresponding to a traditionally alcohol-laden holiday or event. Of course, drunk driving accidents certainly don't just take place during holiday weeks, but there are times of the year that it is statistically more likely for more drunk drivers to be on the roads. One of the most active times for drunk drivers is the time before, during and after Independence Day.  

This year, police in Sugar Land are following the lead of other jurisdictions in Texas and across the country by beefing up patrols to try to catch inebriated revelers before they can cause accidents that result in serious injuries or even fatalities. The Sugar Land Police Department has received a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to cover additional staffing and overtime costs related to increased DUI/DWI patrols and checkpoints.

While it is laudable that the SLPD and other Texas law enforcement agencies are making a concerted effort to get drunk drivers off the road before they hurt or kill people, the fact remains that people who drive drunk do commonly cause accidents. In those accidents, the drunk driver typically suffers much less severe injuries than passengers in his or her own car and occupants in other vehicles struck.

In addition to funding SLPD's additional DUI/DWI patrols this holiday weekend, the Department of Transportation's grant will also help pay for the additional costs associated with keeping officers on the road to catch speeders. Since excess speed is a factor in more than 50 percent of accidents in the Sugar Land area, ensuring the police presence is sufficient to deter reckless drivers from hitting the pavement while intoxicated, distracted or speeding is vitally important to the safety and well-being of everyone in Fort Bend county.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land police to target impaired drivers during Fourth of July," July 1, 2013 

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