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Tarrant County Law Enforcement Unites Against Drunk Driving in Holiday Season Press Conference

In a joint effort to enhance public safety during the holiday season, Tarrant County law enforcement officials gathered for a multi-agency press conference yesterday. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, District Attorney Phil Sorrels, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Jeremy Sherrod, and police chiefs from eighteen different agencies across the county addressed the community regarding the prevention of drunk driving incidents.

During the press conference, District Attorney Sorrels disclosed that Tarrant County has witnessed approximately 5000 DWI arrests this year alone. Emphasizing a commitment to community safety, Sorrels urged citizens to drink responsibly and unequivocally stated that the Tarrant County DA’s Office will prosecute those arrested for driving under the influence.

DPS Director Sherrod highlighted the heightened traffic during the holiday season and the increased risk of accidents. Encouraging responsible behavior, he advised citizens to be aware of road conditions and vehicle maintenance before traveling. Sherrod announced the deployment of troopers for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) initiative and urged individuals not to drink and drive, suggesting the use of alternative transportation options.

Bedford Police Chief Jeff Williams emotionally conveyed the human toll of DWI accidents, emphasizing that the victims are not just statistics but real people with names and families. Urging pre-planning and responsible choices, Chief Williams called on citizens to find a ride before drinking.

Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes echoed the sentiments, noting the loss of 127 lives in fatal crashes in 2023, with many involving intoxicated drivers. Chief Noakes issued a stern warning to those who choose to drink and drive, stating that law enforcement will be vigilant, and offenders will face penalties.

Sheriff Waybourn commended the collaborative efforts of all the law enforcement agencies present and recognized the sacrifices officers make, including working overtime during the holiday season. He urged citizens to make responsible choices, stating that the law enforcement community in Tarrant County is united in their commitment to apprehend DWI drivers.

In conclusion, the law enforcement officials assured the public that they will be intensifying DWI enforcement efforts to protect citizens during the holiday season and encouraged everyone to celebrate responsibly. They wished everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.

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