Campaign Targets Drunk Drivers Weeks Ahead of Labor Day

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." That's the name of a campaign targeting drunk drivers. Friday, August 17, it will be enacted across the country and continue through the Labor Day Holiday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports nearly one in three highway deaths are alcohol related. There were also 10,228 alcohol-impaired fatalities in 2010, the equivalent of one death every 51 minutes.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports 42% of traffic deaths in Texas are DUI related. Three time offenders account for 124,662.

Those are startling numbers and that's a big reason law enforcement agencies are gearing up for Labor Day Weekend, weeks ahead of time.

"For that type of weekend we look to what we consider to be hazardous dangerous driving," said Department of Public Safety Trooper, Tony Fulton.

"People that are drinking and driving that really bothers me a whole lot," said Debra Hanson.
"I think it's sad. I think people should be able to control themselves," said Glenn Rogers.

"They know they're going to be going somewhere, they know they're going to be drinking or not, just plan ahead," said Trooper Fulton.

Last Fourth of July DPS Troopers made more than 1,262 DWI arrests, and they're gearing up for another round for the summer's last holiday weekend.

"All available troopers will be on the road and on patrol."

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.