Sheriff's Office increases patrols for Labor Day weekend

Sheriff's Office increases patrols for Labor Day weekend

Beginning Friday, Aug 31 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrol for the Labor Day weekend. Deputies will focus on impaired drivers, speeders and seat belt violations on our roadways. We will also increase patrol efforts at the Beach. They encourage anyone who is planning on celebrating this last three-day weekend of the summer season, to do responsibly. They encourage citizens to plan in advance and choose their designated driver carefully. 

According to the law on DWI in Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you're the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

According to a press release form the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a DWI first offense can lead to a fine of up to $2,000, three days to 180 days in jail, loss of driver license up to a year and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain said driver license. A second offense can lead to A fine of up to $4,000, one month to a year in jail, loss of driver license for up to two years and an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 for three years to retain said driver license. A third offense can include a $10,000 fine, two to 10 years in prison, loss of driver license for up to two years, and annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license. After two or more DWI convictions in five years, you must install a special ignition switch that prevents your vehicle from being operated if you've been drinking.

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