Just leave the alcohol alone if you are planning to drive on city streets.
Treviño said his officers will be joining nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies this year in a Labor Day crackdown on driving while impaired by alcohol.
The chief said reports show that 147 motorcyclists, vehicle drivers and their passengers died in alcohol-related traffic accidents during the 2010 Labor Day weekend.
In each of those cases, the operators had blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher.
Treviño reminded drivers that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with that concentration of alcohol in the blood, not only in Texas, but in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested, and you will face serious consequences,” the chief said.
According to Treviño, this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown will begin on Aug. 19 in Beeville and will continue until Sept. 5. BPD officers will be on special alert to find, stop and arrest drunk drivers.
National reports point out that young adults are most at risk for alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Fifty-four percent of young people, between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in vehicle crashes in 2010, were legally drunk.
The chief said an arrest for driving while intoxicated is expensive. Drivers need to consider the cost of jail time, making bail, hiring an attorney, increased insurance costs, court costs, fines, lost time at work and a potential loss of a job.
In Texas, drivers who have had two previous DWI convictions face the prospect of a felony charge and, if convicted, a prison term.
Driving drunk is not worth the risk, Treviño said. Not to yourself and certainly not to others.