Increasing Patrols to Decrease Drunk Driving Fatalities

Amarillo - Out of the 29 deaths in an auto accident this year, more than half of the victims died because of a drunk driver according to the Amarillo Police Department.
 
"This year we've had 27 fatal accidents. Out of those we've had 29 deaths. We've ruled that 16 of those have been impaired drivers and that is up from last year," said Officer Jeb Hilton.
 
Holidays can come with more parties and drinking, increasing the risk of drunk drivers.
 
"We tend to see that a lot of holiday weekends, we get more DUIs and a better chance of possibly having a fatal accident because of that," said Hilton.
 
TxDOT has provided the police department with a grant to help boost their patrols this weekend looking for drunk drivers.
 
"This weekend we have gotten another grant. We are going to have more officers out patrolling, looking for DUIs, seat belt violations, speeding violations, things like that," added Hilton.
 
TxDOT and the Amarillo Police Department remind drivers there are other things you can do to get home.
 
TxDOT recommends calling a cab, designating a sober driver, or find a ride home by using www.soberrides.org.
 
"Make plans ahead of time so you know you are going to be safe and you are going to keep everybody else safe," said Hilton.

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