Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division commanders, AAA Texas and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office have a strong message for motorists during this July 4th holiday. Don’t drink and drive. They held a news conference today to prevent people from drinking and driving. Outside HPD’s downtown headquarters, the group displayed the deadly results of drunk driving for the public.
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0:11 D.N. Egdorf, Houston Police Department DWI Task Force
0:42 Ruben Perez, Bureau Chief Special Crimes Unit, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
1:55 Joshua Zuber, AAA Texas Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Houston Police and law enforcement will have increased patrols to pull over drunk drivers this July 4th.
“Have a plan. Are you toing to take a taxi? Do you have a designated driver? Are you going to use Uber? Have a plan because once you leave without a plan, it’s too late,” said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Ruben Perez. Perez also is the bureau chief of the DA’s Special Crimes Unit.
“If you drink and drive and hurt somebody, you’re going to jail. You can be sure we’re going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” said Perez.
Joshua Zuber of AAA Texas encourages people who’ve had too much alcohol to call their toll-free number 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free ride home. AAA Texas also offers free towing up to 10 miles, but the user of the free towing service must pay the towing contractor any fees over the 10 mile limit.
The AAA Texas free rides and towing service are available from 6 p.m. July 4th through 6 a.m. July 5th.