People like to get their drink on during the holidays. There are parties and gatherings with family, which oft require drinking just to survive. New Year's Eve is the most drunkiest time of the year! And, honestly, there's nothing wrong with partying so long as you don't drive after you do it.
Yet every year during the holidays, people drink and drive. Many get busted. Some end up in a wreck. Even worse, some end up in accidents that kill another person. With all of the ad campaigns and all of the deaths that occur every year on the highway thanks to impaired drivers, there's really no excuse for doing it. But the problem persists, and in Harris County this holiday, 54 people were arrested for DWI and at least one fatal traffic accident involved alcohol use.
According to a report from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, those 54 arrests were made between December 20, 2012, and January 1, 2013. Of those arrested, 31 were first-time offenders, nine were on their second DWI and for 13, the third time was the charm.
Even worse, one of the arrests was a DWI with child. Are you kidding me? It's one thing to put your drunk ass behind the wheel. That's bad. But to do that with a child in the car is just insane.
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Fortunately, the holidays are over, but drunks will still be on the roads with frightening regularity.