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DWI task force planned
COLDSPRING – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols April 18-19, which coincides with the Easter weekend. During this effort, additional DPS troopers will patrol the highways throughout San Jacinto County focusing on DWI patrols at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. Assisting the DPS with the local DWI task force will be the San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney's office, justices of the peace, District Judge Casey Jones, the sheriff's department and a medical team that will be taking blood samples from those who are stopped for probable cause, according to San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Richard Countiss. "The decision to drink and drive can often lead to disastrous and deadly consequences," Countiss said. "Taking impaired drivers off Texas roadways is a top priority, and we also call on the public to do their part and designate a sober driver or find alternate transportation if they plan to drink alcohol." Texas law requires you to take a blood or breath test if you are arrested for a DWI. Texas's "implied consent" law says that if you are lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe that you have been driving or boating while intoxicated, then you consent to taking one or more chemical tests of your blood or breath for the purpose of determining your blood alcohol content (BAC). The test must be taken as soon as possible from when you were last driving or boating, and the officer gets to choose which test you take. Once you submit to the officer's test, however, you have the right to have a blood test taken within two hours hours of your arrest by a medical professional of your choice. DPS offers the following tips for safe travel: • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas. • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices. • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it's the law. • Don't drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges. • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins. • Slow down or move over for tow trucks and police, fire, EMS and TxDOT vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it's the law.