This year is truly special as we celebrate our independence as a nation and cherish this important holiday, together as neighbors and a community. We can take in this year’s Fourth of July festivities with traditional cookouts, fireworks, and get-togethers, marking not only our freedom as a nation but the beginning of our freedom from the virus.
For many, Independence Day represents the birth of our great nation, equality, democracy, and community. It’s a time to reflect on our nation’s history and everything it stands for. It is a picture of who we are and what we strive to become.
We hold this holiday near and dear to our hearts. It marks the day America launched a bold experiment, testing the ideal that the best government derives its power from the people — a country rooted in the belief that everyone here is created equal and that everyone has fundamental rights. We must remember our founding principles and put them front and center as we face today’s challenges.
Drunk driving continues to be a scourge on our community, destroying lives and devastating families. Most of us know someone who has been personally impacted by drunk driving.
We are committed to making a meaningful change on our roadways through joint efforts and multi-pronged approaches that include extra enforcement and public awareness campaigns.
Our DWI Unit and Traffic Crimes Unit joined forces ahead of the Fourth of July weekend to conduct a nearly week-long traffic enforcement initiative aimed at curbing impaired driving and illegal street racing offenses across Harris County.
Additionally, our Patrol District III deputies are participating in a multi-agency DWI initiative over the weekend with several public safety partners. Drivers suspected of being impaired will be subject to field sobriety tests and no-refusal blood draws. The District Attorney’s Office will be available to fast-track the process of prosecuting a drunk driver.
Let’s rally together and do our part to put an end to drunk driving. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi or rideshare service, use public transit, or arrange for someone you trust to pick you up. Report drunk drivers to law enforcement officials immediately.
Every single injury and loss of life caused by drunk driving is preventable.
Have a fun filled and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend with your loved ones. Happy Independence Day!