MPD reminds residents to celebrate the New Year safely
The holidays are known for being merry and bright, but they are also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk driving. Last year, there were 2,374 alcohol-related crashes in Texas, resulting in 102 fatalities and 205 serious injuries during the holiday season. The Mesquite Police Department (MPD) would like to remind everyone to never drink and drive, always have a designated driver or call a taxi. Please celebrate safely this holiday season and remember the following information:
- In the State of Texas, it is unlawful to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 and over. However, “buzzed” drivers (whose BAC is more than .00 and less than .08) can also be arrested if their level of impairment affects their ability to safely operate a vehicle. If you are under 21, driving with anything higher than .00 is illegal.
- Only time can make you sober. The average person metabolizes one drink per hour.
- Your best defense against drunk drivers is to be aware and observant. If you see a car being driven in a dangerous manner, stay away and call 911.
- Collisions involving drunk drivers are more likely to happen on weekends and at night. Try to avoid the peak hours when drunk drivers are on the road.