Law enforcement increase spring break patrols

Law enforcement increase spring break patrols

The Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) and law enforcement officers across Texas will increase DWI patrols to identify and stop impaired drivers as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) “Plan While You Can” campaign leading up to Spring Break.

According to a press release from the city, the increased enforcement runs through March 19. The campaign aims to decrease crashes and save lives by urging drivers to plan a sober ride as part of their Spring Break festivities.

“We encourage young people to make wise decisions during the Spring Break holiday,” said Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin. “Drinking and driving can severely impact the future of a young person for the rest of their life. Please plan ahead for a sober ride before the party starts. And remember, drinking under the age of 21 is illegal.”

While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. The PAPD and TxDOT stated in a press release that they strongly encourage everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out and to visit to find alternatives to drinking and driving.