Police Watch For Drunk Drivers Leaving Big Events In March

Capt Larry Baimbridge, HPD's Traffic Enforcement Division speaking. Also, DPS Sgt John Sampa and other members of law enforcement attending drunk driving initiative.
Area law enforcement agencies have a simple message to anyone who decides to get behind the wheel while intoxicated: Drink, Drive, Go to Jail. It's an extra effort to make sure rodeo revelers get home safely.

Law enforcement officers will be out in full force during March when the Rodeo, Spring Break and St. Patrick's Day are celebrated.

Captain Larry Baimbridge is with the HPD Traffic Enforcement Division.

"Lot of times on New Year's, people are very cognizant of the fact that they're gonna probably be out drinking and they make precautions, or take steps to get home safely. Do the same with the Rodeo. Do the same thing St. Patrick's Day, Spring Break, all those events that are fun and people can enjoy themselves, but take those precautions and get home safely, and make sure you don't injure yourself or someone else."

Last March, there were 635 arrests and 9 fatal accidents that involved alcohol.  

This year, they want to see that number reduced. Sergent John Sampa with DPS says it's no surprise that the events in March can lead to alcohol-related incidents.

"People go there and want to have a good time, but our job as police agencies is to make sure that they make it home safe. And by letting the public know that we're out, watching out for those folks who are either driving under the influence of alcohol, or as well as under the influence of drugs, so it can save not only their lives, but other folks' lives that's trying to get to their destination safe."

Because events that happen during March result in the increase of DWI related offenses, the initiatives will include public education about heightened enforcement of drinking and driving offenses.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...