Extra police are out keeping our roads safe

The Labor Day holiday is traditionally considered the end of summer and with more time to celebrate over the three day weekend that means more law enforcement are keeping an eye out for drunk and irresponsible drivers.

Local law enforcement agencies from across Southeast Texas are trying to get the word out: you drink, you drive, you go to jail.

For the past week and a half police have been beefing up patrols to crack down on dangerous driving over the Labor Day weekend.

Since august 24th the Beaumont Police Department has had at least two extra patrolmen scouting out drunk drivers between the high-risk hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

A state grant has paid for all the overtime.

"It allows extra officers to go out and enforce that one particular problem to target that one problem," said police officer Jeffery Manzer.

So far there have been five DWI arrests and one arrest for reckless driving.

"That's five people that haven't killed my family or your family," said Manzer.

There are also four extra traffic officers on the streets each day looking for people who are violating speeding and seatbelt laws.

"I think that most people should already be doing that but for me I don't always do it," said Beaumont resident Molly Hebert regarding wearing her seatbelt. "But now I will because I know they're looking for my seat belt."

While driving at night over the weekend Hebert was on high alert, also on the look out for drunk drivers.

"Because it just makes you more concerned of other people on the road as well," said Hebert.

And that's exactly what police are asking the public to do, be vigilant and report irresponsible drivers.

As soon as you see them driving on our roads call 9-1-1.

With fines and legal fees DWI's can cost thousands of dollars and result in jail time.

As far as the patrolmen looking for seatbelt and speeding violations they've given out 500 citations in the past week and a half alone.

The Port Arthur police department has designated seven extra patrolmen to find those driving under the influence or violating seatbelt and speeding laws.

On Friday and Saturday alone Port Arthur PD made six DWI arrests.

The extra enforcement will be in effect until Wednesday.


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