The Belton Police Department, along with a coalition of law enforcement agencies, and interested individuals, have joined together to address the need to reduce and prevent alcohol and drug-impaired driving.
Beginning this weekend through September 7, 2015, law enforcement agencies across Texas will concentrate on driving while intoxicated offenses. This effort is designed to put additional officers on patrol through the Labor Day.
"The Belton Police Department is committed to getting the word out that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is not something we can tolerant as a community," said Mike Rhoden, Deputy Chief of Operations. “People who die in impaired-driving crashes are our family members, friends, and neighbors, and their deaths are preventable."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2013. On average one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.