HPD Will Test Your Blood or Your Breath in 10-Day DWI Initiative
Don't let this be you. HPD is pumping up the DWI watch for the July 4th week.
For the next ten days, the Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. They gave it the catchy slogan "Don't Get 'Popped' During 4th of July Festivities," because nothing reminds you that Johnny Law is watching you like a snappy refrain about drunken/high driving.
Starting today and running through July 7, the initiative will stake out "various areas throughout the city." Yeah, we wish we had more specifics. Not so we can go drunk joy riding, but so, you know...to inform.
"Additional officers will be deployed at high-risk locations around the Houston area to conduct DWI enforcement efforts during times that alcohol-related crashes are most frequent," HPD said in a statement. We're going to assume this is during the after-work happy hour times, or during the after-after-after-party hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.
The HPD reported that from this period last year, four people died in alcohol-related crashes. "Primary emphasis will be placed on increasing DWI arrests in an attempt to reduce drunk-driving fatalities. There will be an increased law enforcement presence to ensure everyone enjoys 4th of July celebrations in a responsible manner."
From June 27 through July 7, 2013, HPD reported nine fatal accidents, four of which were alcohol-related.
Since Harris Harris allows for a no-refusal policy in DWI-related traffic stops, it means if you're buzzed, you're got. If you're not familiar with that policy, it basically means that even if you refuse a breath test, cops can still draw your blood.
Oh, and if you wake up with a hangover the next day, you're still drunk, so take it easy, champ.