Drivers issued Labor Day warning
by Chip Latcham
Sep 02, 2011 | 969 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Area residents were saddened to read about last Saturday’s tragic auto accident near George West which claimed the lives of three young people, including two who were parents.

According to the DPS trooper, the Chevy Tahoe was traveling southbound on U.S. 281 when the vehicle switched lanes to pass an 18-wheeler and somehow the driver lost control, it fishtailed and rolled about three times, ejecting two passengers.

This Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer vacation season, and many drivers are reported to be heading out on the nation’s highways with their friends and families.

Unfortunately, some of these motorists will be tired, distracted or, even worse, impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Bee County officers will be among the thousands of state troopers, police officers and sheriff’s deputies who will be out in force as part of the Drink, Drive, Go to Jail stepped-up enforcement campaign which runs through Monday.

Beeville Police Chief Joe Treviño announced previously that his officers would join patrol officers throughout the nation in a crackdown on impaired drivers and would continue the effort beyond Labor Day. And the Bee County Sheriff’s Office reports its deputies are always watching for DWIs.

According to national statistics, drivers in the 21-24-year-old age group were most likely to be involved in a driver-impaired vehicle accident.

More alcohol-related crashes occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. than any other hour of the day. Also, more of them occurred on Saturday than any other day of the week.

Treviño said that if a BPD officer finds a motorist driving while impaired, that person will be arrested. There will be no exceptions.

Again, realize that state officials will not accept any excuses during this Labor Day crackdown.

Convicted first-time DWI offenders can pay a fine of up to $2,000, lose their driver’s license for up to a year and serve as much as 180 days in jail.

So, be careful, be alert and, especially, be smart. If you go out drinking this weekend, call a cab, designate a driver or simply stay put until the driver sobers up.

Your loved ones will want to see you in September, and beyond.

– Chip Latcham
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