Choose a safe ride during the Labor Day weekend

DPS wants drivers and passengers to make the wise, and least expensive choice, of finding a sober ride to their destinations during the Labor Day weekend.

All available troopers will be on duty starting Friday, Sept. 4, through midnight, Monday, Sept. 7, looking for drunk drivers, speeders and seat belt violators.

"Drivers and their passengers should choose a safe ride to wherever t hey 're going t his weekend," said Assistant Director David Baker, who oversees the Texas Highway Patrol.

"Calling a cab or sober friend for a ride is much cheaper than getting arrested for DWI and going to jail."

A DWI conviction stays on an offender's criminal and driving record forever. For the first offense, the law allows a maximum of six months in jail, a $2,000 fine and a one-year driver license suspension.

A DWI conviction also carries a $1,000 surcharge for three years, in addition to any other fines or costs associated with the arrest.

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