Sugar Land police will conduct a special drunk driving enforcement initiative from May 22 through June 4.
The enforcement period includes the Memorial Day weekend and is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant. The STEP grant is administered through the Houston-Galveston Area Council and provides overtime funds for enhanced DWI enforcement during holiday weekends when there have traditionally been more alcohol-related traffic incidents.
“Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is not worth the risk,” said Sgt. Daryl Stroud, of Sugar Land Police Department’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. The police department uses crash data, speed surveys and information supplied by residents to identify those areas where additional enforcement is needed.