Houston's Impaired Driving Generates Somber Toll


The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is welcomes all to the wrapup weekend for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – but also reminds rodeo fans to always have a designated driver, or have a driving service on stand-by to safely transport you and your party.

With prom season and graduation also coming up, the HCSO also encourages parents to have an honest conversation with their kids about having fun while obeying all laws to stay safe.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to keep in mind – and talk to vtheir kids about -- the risks of driving while impaired.

Underage drinking is illegal, dangerous and possibly fatal:

--Drivers are responsible for every person’s life while operating a motor vehicle, including its passengers.--A few minutes of conversation with teens can save your child’s life and the lives of others.--Be sure to set strict parameters for spring break activities, and know where your kids are at all times.--Remind your students never to get in a car with an impaired driver. Tell them to find a sober ride, or call a trusted adult instead. --Remind your children to always wear a seatbelt. 70% of teens killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a seatbelt.

Here are some sobering stats from 2016:

--141 Fatal crashes investigated which resulted in 151 deaths. There were 14 arrests made in these fatal investigations that were alcohol related.--67 of these fatal crashes were alcohol related.--19 of these fatal crashes were drug related.--Four of these fatal crashes were alcohol and drug related.--2,775-total alcohol related arrests by Sheriff’s Office for year 2016.

Already this year, there have been:

-- 31 fatal crashes investigated which resulted in 33 deaths. There have been three arrests made in these fatal investigations that were alcohol related.--Five of these fatal crashes were alcohol related.

530 total alcohol related arrests year made by the Sheriff’s Office.


Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content