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Police nab 19 drunk drivers over holiday weekend
By Stephanie Flemmons, Staff Writer
During the holiday weekend, Plano police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Due to a Texas Department of Transportation Impaired Mobility Grant, more officers were funded to patrol the streets looking for motorists driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.
“This is a high number of DWIs,” said Rick McDonald, Plano police spokesman. “Officers were able to remove these 19 individuals out of harms way and off the roadway to protect the citizens of Plano.”
McDonald said 18 of those individuals were arrested for a DWI and one minor was arrested for a DUI.
“During holiday weekends we make use of the grant, due to the high number of individuals driving their vehicles under the influence,” McDonald said. “This grant assists us to put extra personnel on the streets so we can find these drunk drivers.”
According to TxDOT, every 20 minutes someone in Texas is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol. The agency states impairment begins with the first drink.
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