POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:15am
UPDATED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:16am
EL PASO — Mothers Against Drunk Driving West Texas-El Paso warns that July 4 can also be a dangerous time for those traveling on El Paso and surrounding county roads. In 2010, 155 people were killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes over the holiday weekend, and 80 percent of those crashes took place at night, between 6 p.m. And 5:59 a.m.
“Too many of us at MADD know the pain of losing a loved one in a drunk driving crash, so it’s our hope that by drawing attention to the increased dangers associated with a holiday like the Fourth of July, we can save other families the heartache and devastation caused by drunk driving,” said Virginia Gonzalez- MADD Executive Director. “MADD encourages people to plan ahead for a safe way home if their plans include alcohol.”
According to MADD, in 2010 across the country, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, and another 345,000 were injured. As part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving around Fourth of July, El Paso and surrounding county law enforcement will be intensifying their efforts to deter and detect drunk driving, in order to prevent these needless deaths and injuries.
Local law enforcement will be increasing patrol and implementing the no refusal campaign in an effort to deter individuals from drinking and driving and seeking full prosecution for those who are arrested for DWI.