Convicted drunk drivers could spend up to $17,000 for bail, fines, legal fees, court appearances, court-ordered classes, insurance increases and other expenses.
"Labor Day is the traditional end-of-summer celebration. In Texas, 34 percent of all alcohol-related fatal crashes happen during the summer," said Carol T. Rawson, TxDOT's Traffic Operations Division Director. "Three hundred sixty-six people died during the months of May through August last year in alcohol-related crashes. That's nothing to celebrate, and law enforcement will be out in force as part of the Drink. Drive. Go to Jail. stepped-up enforcement effort and public awareness campaign."
The Texas Department of Transportation's Drink. Drive. Go to Jail. campaign began August 17 and runs through September 3, 2012.