No law enforcement officer gets used to the sorrow they feel when called to the scene of a vehicle crash where someone has died due to impaired driving. Yet this loss of human life is a daily reality all over America – year after year.
Because the Montgomery County Sheriff Office is committed to ending this tragedy, deputies will join with other police agencies and the District Attorney’s Office for a crackdown on impaired driving this holiday season.
While participating in no refusal weekends the Sheriff’s Office will also have deputies working overtime beginning this week and will continue into the New Year to enforce impaired driving laws. The overtime is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
“Saving lives on Montgomery County roadways is a top priority and everyone should be involved,” said Sheriff Tommy Gage. “Don’t drink and drive; don’t be in jail for the New Year – plan ahead!”
Following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of the others who may be on the road:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
- And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.