Texas Leads in Fatal DWI Crashes; ‘Liberty’ Cited

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Texas drivers kill more people in drunken-driving accidents than any other state, reports the San Antonio News-Express. Almost 1,000 people are killed that way in Texas every year, according to authorities. “We don’t like giving up our liberties here in Texas. Or our keys,” said one medical authority.

Law enforcement officials announced their annual Labor Day weekend crackdown on drunken drivers. Federal and state funds will allow the Department of Public Safety and police departments across the state to pay overtime to put up to 60,000 additional officers on the street from Friday through Sept. 12. But curbing Texans’ drinking and driving habits is going to take more than just a two-week law enforcement blitz, experts say. “It was only about a decade ago that it was every Texan’s God-given right to drive down the road with a beer in his hand,” said one expert.

Link: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA082504.1A.dwi.17626f25.html

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