LPD prepares for Labor Day holidays with Impaired Driver Mobilization

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

LAREDO, TEXAS (LPD) - The Laredo Police Department will be working an Impaired Driver Mobilization grant that has been provided by the Texas Department of Transportation in which police officers will be working overtime in enforcing DWI laws by locating and identifying intoxicated drivers.

According to NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010. This accounted for 32 percent of the total traffic fatalities in that year.

Law enforcement throughout Texas, including the Laredo Police Department, is participating in the push to deter drunk driving. From August 15 to September 2, 2014, state and local law enforcement agencies will be working overtime to enforce the state’s DWI laws.

In Texas, the legal limit for intoxication is .08 BAC. If an officer thinks your driving is impaired, you can still be stopped and arrested for DWI regardless of your BAC. Penalties get worse with every DWI offense.

First conviction:
- $2,000 maximum fine
- Up to six months behind bars
- Suspended driver's license for up to a year
- $1,000 every year for three years to keep your driver's license

Second conviction:
- $4,000 maximum fine
- Up to one year in jail
- Suspended driver's license for up to two years
- $1,500 every year for three years to keep your driver's license

Third conviction:
- $10,000 maximum fine
- Two to ten years in prison
- Suspended driver's license for up to two years
- $2,000 every year for three years to keep your driver's license


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