Special traffic enforcement over the Holidays

Jefferson County Sheild

 The Thanksgiving Weekend is one of the most highly traveled times on our public roadways in the State of Texas with increased traffic as families take to the roads to celebrate the holidays. This time period is also marked with increased traffic collisions. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is committed to making the roadways safe during this Holiday Season. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is informing the public that they will have increased patrol units on the roadways under the "Special Traffic Enforcement Program" under a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will be paying special attention to:

·        The leading cause of accidents: Speed

·        The leading cause of injuries: Failure to wear safety belts

·        The leading cause of fatalities: Alcohol related collisions

Statistics show that alcohol impaired driving is at its peak during the Holiday Season and now is the time to get the message out. Alcohol is a factor in approximately 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes, and is the leading killer of young Americans. The Holiday Season is among the deadliest times of year on our nation's highways, and alcohol impaired driving is a major contributor to these deadly events. Simply put "Drinking and Driving Kills." Those who celebrate the Holidays by drinking alcohol and then getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle may find themselves behind bars.  Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods, his deputies and all local law enforcement officers are warning holiday revelers, who drink to stay off the roadways. Sheriff Woods and his staff are committed in the effort to enforce D.W.I. Laws within Jefferson County with extra enforcement during the Holiday Season. Sheriff Woods also want the public to be aware of the many alternatives to "Drinking and Driving."

We are asking that you help get the message out to the public. Please help us prevent a tragedy on our local roadways this Holiday Season. TAKE A STAND AGAINST IMPAIRED and DANGEROUS DRIVING This Holiday Season Jefferson County will be a No-Refusal Season under the new no refusal initiative with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. This means that a Judge will be available to sign a search warrant for a blood specimen if the driver refuses a breath specimen.

Some tips are:

·        If you are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before going out don't wait until the end of the night to choose the "most sober" driver. A sober driver is someone who has had zero alcohol.

·        If you are impaired, do not drive - call a taxi, call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely or simply stay where you are.

·        If you know someone who is about to get behind the wheel or on a motorcycle after they have been drinking, take their keys - and find them a sober ride.