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Texas Officials Look for Ways to Stem Drunk Driving

Next week is Thanksgiving and the unofficial beginning of the holiday season. During this time of year – as with most holidays – American roadways see a sharp increase in the number of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths. Knowing that DWI enforcement will become a top priority for law enforcement agencies across the state, officials from the Texas Department of Transportation recently convened for a summit to look for ways to prevent and stop impaired driving in the coming months.

The TxDOT 'Texas Impaired Driving Summit' was held in San Antonio at the beginning of November as a way to unite Texan legislators, politicians, and law enforcement officials. The summit also featured stories from real victims and families who have been deeply affected by drunk and drugged driving. The summit will also help to coordinate multi-jurisdiction efforts for periods of increased DWI enforcement this holiday season.

Drunk Driving: A Serious Texas Problem

Although drunk driving is considered a national epidemic responsible for thousands of preventable injuries and deaths each year, it is also an incredibly prevalent problem in the Lone Star state. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal just how alarming the problem really is:

  • Texas led the nation in 2012 with 1,296 alcohol-impaired traffic deaths
  • 16,882 alcohol-related crash injuries
  • 25,671 reported alcohol-related crashes

At the Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C., our San Antonio personal injury lawyers have represented many victims and families whose lives were forever changed as a result of auto accidents, including those caused by drunk drivers. As driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a careless, negligent, and illegal act, it is often the case that victims and families have the right to pursue compensation by filing personal injury claims.

If you have questions about your rights after a drunk or drugged driving accident, our legal team is here to help. Request a free consultation and case review today by contacting our firm.