Texas DWI Defense Attorney Warns Drivers about Increased Patrols for Cinco de Mayo

In Houston and throughout Texas, people are getting excited about Cinco de Mayo. The holiday is celebrated each year on May fifth, just as its name implies. While the intent of Cinco de Mayo is to honor a historical event, the Mexican army’s surprise defeat of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, the most festive celebrations occur north of the Mexican border in America. The holiday is celebrated by many Americans, regardless of whether they are of Mexican descent, and enjoying plenty of Mexican food and drink is a primary focus of many Cinco de Mayo celebrations. As you might imagine, there are always many Cinco de Mayo events and parties throughout the Lone Star State.

When you make your party plans for Cinco de Mayo, be sure that they include a safe and sober ride home or spending the night somewhere so that you do not have to drive. As is the case with many holidays, especially those where food and drink figure heavily into the festivities, the Department of Public Safety will be out in full force looking for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. There have historically been some alcohol-related car accidents during Cinco de Mayo, and the increased patrols aim to reduce the number of drunk driving deaths during this favorite holiday. Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately two hundred and seventy people died in alcohol-related accidents that occurred during Cinco de Mayo celebrations over the four year period from 2010 to 2014. Perhaps even more dramatic are the number of DWIs and alcohol-related accidents that happened in Texas in 2013. There were over twenty-five thousand such incidents during 2013, and nearly forty percent of them involved drivers that are Hispanic. The DPS launched a specifically targeted anti-DWI campaign in 2014 with the intent of helping Hispanic drivers reduce the occurrence of DWIs and alcohol-related crashes.

Regardless of your ethnicity, all drivers need to know that Texas DWI laws are very strict. Refusing to take a blood or breath test can result in an immediate suspension of your driver’s license. Whether this DWI is your first offense or a subsequent offense, you could face jail time, license suspension, and fines, among other things.  With each subsequent offense after your first DWI, the penalties increase. There are also long-term consequences of DWI convictions, including difficulty finding jobs and housing and qualifying for educational opportunities and public benefits.

If you face DWI charges in Texas, you are likely to have many questions and concerns. You already know that there is a lot at stake, including your driving privileges and your freedom, and you want to do everything that you can to protect what is important to you. Fortunately, you are not required to fight your Texas DWI on your own. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients with their DWI cases, and it is possible that he could assist you. To learn more, please call 214-521-4567 today.

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