Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorial Day Public Information

APD announces increased DWI/BWI enforcement on Memorial Day
The Austin Police Department’s DWI Enforcement and Lake Patrol Units will conduct a driving while intoxicated/boating while intoxicated initiative on Memorial Day, Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m.
Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day tend to have an increased number of intoxicated persons operating motor vehicles on roadways and waterways.
During this initiative a number of DWI enforcement officers will target the major roadways around Lake Austin stopping intoxicated drivers.
Additionally, a number of DWI enforcement officers will ride along with Lake Patrol officers to perform BWI investigations when appropriate.
The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI/BWI laws and keep the public safe.
A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year. Approximately half of the traffic fatalities in 2009 were alcohol related.
The goal of the initiative is to celebrate Memorial Day with no fatal, alcohol related accidents.
APD is focused on saving lives on the streets, highways and waterways of Austin and making them safe for everyone through education and enforcement.

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