Susgar Land Police Dept. to target highway impaired driving during July 4 holiday
Sugar Land police will target drunk driving during the upcoming holiday weekend.
The Fourth of July holiday enforcement is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant. The STEP grant is administered through H-GAC and provides overtime funds for enhanced DWI enforcement during holiday weekends when there has traditionally been more alcohol-related traffic incidents.
“Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is not worth the risk,” said Sgt. Daryl Stroud, of SLPD’s traffic division. “You are putting your life and the lives of others on the line.”
Convicted first-time DWI offenders face penalties that include fines up to $2,000, six months in jail and loss of driver’s licenses for up to a year.
The STEP grant also provides overtime for year-round speed compliance in targeted areas, an extra resource that does not affect SLPD’s normal operations.
Speeding continues to be the number one factor contributing to accidents within Sugar Land, accounting for 52 percent of all crashes that occurred in October 2012.
The police department uses crash data, speed surveys and information supplied by residents to identify those areas where additional enforcement is needed.
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