Frisco Police Department is joining other law enforcement agencies across Texas to increase patrols to identify and stop drunk drivers during spring break. The increased enforcement will run through March 19.
According to an FPD press release, each year in Texas more than half of drivers involved in deadly drunk driving crashes are between the ages of 17 and 34. The initiative to increase patrol is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign, which aims to save lives and reduce crashes among young people.
Last year during spring break in Texas, there were 410 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol, according to TxDOT. Those crashes killed 20 people and injured another 48.
Driving under the influence of alcohol holds other risks, such as facing up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of one’s driver’s license, according to FPD.
Safe alternatives to drinking and driving include:
- Designating a sober driver.
- Contacting a cab or ride-share service.
- Using mass transit.
- Spending the night.
For more information, please contact FPD at 972-292-6133.